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Video+Story: Chihuahuas’ Urias named PCL ‘Player of the Week’

El Paso Chihuahuas IF Luis Urias has been selected the Player of the Week for the period of April 22-28, 2019, the League office announced Monday.

Urias slugged six home runs in six games, totaling 35 bases, the most in Minor League Baseball. He batted .429 (12-for-28) and finished among PCL weekly leaders in home runs (t-1st), runs scored (11, t-1st), OPS (1.750, 2nd), hits (t-2nd), slugging percentage (1.250, 3rd) and RBI (11, 4th).

Urias also drew nearly as many walks (3) as strikeouts (4). Urias’ efforts helped El Paso sweep a five-game series from Las Vegas to overtake first place in the Pacific Southern Division.

The Mexico native finished the week in historic fashion. He had a pair of solo home runs in a 12-3 win over Las Vegas on April 27.

The next day, he homered in each of his first three at-bats to become the first player in El Paso Chihuahuas history to hit three or more home runs in a single game.

His five home runs in consecutive games matched the PCL record for home runs in a two-game span, done twice previously, most recently by Phoenix’s Matt Williams in 1988 (May 25-26).

In total, Urias had hits in five of six contests. He also had three hits on April 24 against the Aviators, finishing the game with two triples, one walk and one RBI.

Urias began the season in El Paso, playing four games for the Chihuahuas, before getting recalled to San Diego. He appeared in 11 games for the Padres and then got optioned back to El Paso on April 21.

In his 10 games with Chihuahuas this season, Urias has hit .391 (18-for-46) with seven home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.440 OPS. Urias was a mid- and post-season PCL All-Star in 2018 after collecting 133 hits in 120 games.

The 21-year-old, who entered the season as the Padres’ No. 3 prospect by Baseball America, has won Player of the Week once before. He was honored by the Double-A Texas League in April 2017 as a member of San Antonio.

Chihuahuas’ Urias Named to Pacific Coast League All Star Team

ROUND ROCK, Texas – With a week left in the 2018 regular season, the Pacific Coast League released Monday its end of the year All-Star team and the Chihuahuas’ Luis Urias has been selected.

The 12-man roster, which is assembled through a vote of the League’s field managers, media representatives and broadcasters, features three players on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list – Urias (No. 22, El Paso), Alex Verdugo (No. 28, Oklahoma City) and Tyler O’Neill (No. 47, Memphis).

Urias, elected as the team’s second baseman, is joined in the infield by first baseman A.J. Reed (Fresno), shortstop Ildemaro Vargas (Reno) and third baseman Josh Fuentes (Albuquerque). All four, along with four others, also received mid-season All-Star honors.

Reed’s PCL-leading 27 home runs and 106 RBI has helped Fresno lock up the Pacific Northern Division. His infield corner mate Fuentes, who was the PCL’s BUSH’S® All-Star MVP, has enjoyed a breakthrough year; he sits at or near the top of numerous offensive categories, including topping the circuit in hits (166) and total bases (261).

Vargas recently saw his club-record 35-game hitting streak come to an end, the fifth longest streak in the PCL’s 116-year history.

O’Neill, Verdugo and Albuquerque’s Mike Tauchman make up the outfield. The Cardinals prospect, O’Neill, has been among the most prolific home run hitters in the League for a Memphis team that has sewn up their second consecutive American Southern Division. Verdugo (.335) and Tauchman (.326) are part of a tight race for the PCL’s batting title.

Joining the rest of the position players are catcher Christian Bethancourt (Colorado Springs) and designated hitter Kevin Cron (Reno). Bethancourt has posted an .822 OPS in 94 games as the primary catcher for a Sky Sox team in the hunt for the American Northern title.

The Diamondbacks farmhand, Cron, has driven in the second-most runs in the League (91), even though he missed the first month of the season while recovering from an injury.

Dakota Hudson, tabbed by MLB Pipeline as St. Louis’ No. 4 prospect, is the right-handed starting pitcher. The Mississippi State product is the PCL’s ERA (2.50) and wins (13) leader, despite not appearing in a Triple-A game in over a month because of his first Major League promotion.

The team’s left-handed starter is Oklahoma City’s Manny Banuelos. The southpaw has recorded a 3.59 ERA and has struck out 126 hitters in 105.1 innings on the campaign. Round Rock Express hurler R.J. Alvarez, who has saved more games than any other PCL pitcher this season (23), was named the team’s reliever.


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Chihuahuas’ Urias Named to World Team to MLB’s All Star Futures Game

On Friday, Major League Baseball announced that El Paso Chihuahuas infielder Luis Urias has been named to the World Team roster for the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 20th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 12-7. Last year in Miami, the U.S. Team defeated the World, 7-6, for its seventh victory in the last eight years.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to be selected. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at

The teams feature 15 former first round draft picks (14 on U.S. Team and one on World Team), one player picked in Competitive Balance Round A (U.S. Team) and four second round picks (all U.S.). Among the 15 first round picks, five were selected in the 2017 Draft, six in the 2016 Draft, three in the 2015 Draft and one in the 2014 Draft.

The World Team features players representing eight different countries and territories outside the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic is represented by nine players, followed by Venezuela (6), Cuba (4) and Australia (2). Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and South Africa are each represented by one player on the World Team.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will last nine innings, and in the event of a tie, a 10th inning will be played. The game will not go longer than 10 innings, regardless of the score. Players and coaches will be outfitted in special SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game caps and jerseys.

As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 4:00 p.m. (ET), with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and prospect expert Jim Callis on the call live from Nationals Park.

The game will take place on Sunday, July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

U.S. Team Manager & Coaches

Torii Hunter                Five-time All-Star; 19 seasons in Majors; 2,452 career hits; 353 career HR

Joel Hanrahan            Bullpen Coach (Pitching Coach, West Virginia Power – PIT Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate)

LaTroy Hawkins          Pitching Coach (Special Assistant to the General Manager – MIN)

Keith Johnson             Third Base Coach (Manager, Salt Lake Bees – LAA Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate)

Matt LeCroy               Bench Coach (Manager, Harrisburg Senators – WSH Double-A Eastern League affiliate)

Steve Singleton           Hitting Coach (Hitting Coach, Fort Myers Miracle – MIN Single-A Florida State League affiliate)

Gary Thurman            First Base Coach (Roving Baserunning Coach – WSH)

Jon Kotredes              Trainer (Minor League Medical/Rehab Coordinator – WSH)


World Team Manager & Coaches

David Ortiz                 10-time All-Star; three-time World Series Champion; 2,472 career hits; 541 career HR (17th all-time)

Jerry Manuel               Bench Coach (MLB Baseball Development Consultant)

Francisco Cordero       Pitching Coach (Three-time All-Star; 14 seasons in Majors)

Vladimir Guerrero       Hitting Coach (2018 HOF Inductee; Nine-time All-Star; 2004 AL MVP; 16 seasons in Majors)

Jorge Velandia            First Base Coach (Special Assistant to the General Manager – PHI)

Juan Samuel               Third Base Coach (Three-time All-Star; 16 seasons in Majors)

Sandy Martinez           Bullpen Coach (Manager, Dominican Summer League Nationals – WSH)

Scott Johnson             Trainer (Trainer, Arizona League White Sox – CWS)


2018 U.S. Roster


Pitchers (10)

#   Player (Organization)     Bats-Throws        HT       WT        Birthdate             Hometown             Current Team (League/Level)

32   Anderson, Shaun (SF)                R-R                6-4       225         10/29/94           Coral Springs, FL         Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League/AA)

29   Cease, Dylan (CWS)                   R-R                6-2       196         12/28/95                Milton, GA         Birmingham Barons (Southern League/AA)

3    Greene, Hunter (CIN)                 R-R                6-3       195           8/6/99          Stevenson Ranch, CA      Dayton Dragons (Midwest League/A)

50   Hudson, Dakota (STL)                R-R                6-5       215          9/15/94                Dunlap, TN          Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League/AAA)

23   Keller, Mitch (PIT)                      R-R                6-3       206           4/4/96             Cedar Rapids, IA   Indianapolis Indians (International League/AAA)

19   Manning, Matt (DET)                  R-R                6-6       195          1/28/98            Sacramento, CA Lakeland Flying Tigers (Florida State League/A)

58   Pelham, C.D. (TEX)                    R-L                6-6       225          2/21/95              Lancaster, SC        Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League/AA)

4    Sheffield, Justus (NYY)               L-L                 6-0       200          5/13/96             Tullahoma, TN                Scranton/WB RailRiders (International League/AAA)

26   Whitley, Forrest (HOU)               R-R                6-7       195          9/15/97            San Antonio, TX   Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League/AA)

23   Wright, Kyle (ATL)                     R-R                6-4       200          10/2/95              Huntsville, AL         Mississippi Braves (Southern League/AA)


Catchers (2)

#   Player (Organization)     BatsThrows        HT       WT        Birthdate             Hometown             Current Team (League/Level)

9    Jansen, Danny (TOR)                 R-R                6-2       225          4/15/95               Elmhurst, IL                Buffalo Bisons (International League/AAA)

23   Murphy, Sean (OAK)                  R-R                6-3       215         10/10/94              Peekskill, NY     Midland RockHounds (Texas League/AA)


Infielders (8)

#   Player (Organization)     BatsThrows        HT       WT        Birthdate             Hometown             Current Team (League/Level)

34   Alonso, Peter (NYM)                   R-R                6-3       245          12/7/94                Tampa, FL     Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League/AAA)

5    Bichette, Bo (TOR)                     R-R                6-0       200           3/5/98                 Orlando, FL    New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League/AA)

10   Hayes, Ke’Bryan (PIT)                R-R                6-1       210          1/28/97               Tomball, TX  Altoona Curve (Eastern League/AA)

18   Hiura, Keston (MIL)                    R-R               5-11      190           8/2/96                Valencia, CA              Biloxi Shuckers (Southern League/AA)

5    Kieboom, Carter (WSH)              R-R                6-2       190           9/3/97                Marietta, GA       Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League/AA)

35   Lowe, Nate (TB)                        L-R                6-4       235           7/7/95                 Norfolk, VA       Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League/AA)

14   Mountcastle, Ryan (BAL)            R-R                6-3       195          2/18/97           Winter Springs, FL            Bowie Baysox (Eastern League/AA)

1    Rodgers, Brendan (COL)             R-R                6-0       180           8/9/96              Winter Park, FL    Hartford Yard Goats (Eastern League/AA)


Outfielders (5)

#   Player (Organization)     BatsThrows        HT       WT        Birthdate             Hometown             Current Team (League/Level)

3    Adell, Jo (LAA)                           R-R                6-3       208           4/8/99                Louisville, KY      Inland Empire 66ers (California League/A)

19   Kirilloff, Alex (MIN)                     L-L                 6-2       195          11/9/97              Pittsburgh, PA        Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League/A)

2    Lewis, Kyle (SEA)                       R-R                6-4       210          7/13/95               Snellville, GA                Modesto Nuts (California League/A)

23   Reed, Buddy (SD)                      S-R                6-4       210          4/27/95                 Bronx, NY         Lake Elsinore Storm (California League/A)

5    Trammell, Taylor (CIN)               L-L                 6-2       195          9/13/97          Powder Springs, CA     Daytona Tortugas (Florida State League/A)



2018 World Roster


Pitchers (9)

#   Player (Organization)     BatsThrows       HT      WT      Birthdate                   Hometown            Current Team (League/Level)

21   De Los Santos, Enyel (PHI)         R-R               6-3     170       12/25/95                  San Pedro, D.R.            Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League/AAA)

28   Guzman, Jorge (MIA)                 R-R               6-3     190        1/28/96        Las Matas de Santa Cruz, D.R.            Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida State League/A)

35   Lopez, Yoan (ARI)                      R-R               6-3     185         1/2/93                Nueva Gerona, Cuba   Jackson Generals (Southern League/AA)

35   Lovergrove, Kieran (CLE)            R-R               6-4     185        7/28/94          Johannesburg, South Africa               Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League/AA)

9    Luzardo, Jesus (OAK)                 L-L               6-1     205        9/30/97          Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela            Midland RockHounds (Texas League/AA)

34   Mata, Bryan (BOS)                     R-R               6-3     160         5/3/99                 Maracay, Venezuela       Salem Red Sox (Carolina League/A)

36   Thorpe, Lewis (MIN)                  R-L               6-1     160       11/23/95               Melbourn, Australia           Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League/AA)

54   Tinoco, Jesus (COL)                   R-R               6-4     190        4/30/95    San Antonio de Maturin, Venezuela      Hartford Yard Goats (Eastern League/AA)

31   Wells, Alex (BAL)                        L-L               6-1     190        2/27/97               Newcastle, Australia       Frederick Keys (Carolina League/A)


Catchers (3)

#   Player (Organization)     BatsThrows       HT      WT      Birthdate                   Hometown            Current Team (League/Level)

9    Amaya, Miguel (CHI)                  R-R               6-1     185         3/9/95                    Chitre, Panama       South Bend Cubs (Midwest League/A)

17   Mejia, Francisco (CLE)                S-R              5-10    180       10/27/95                      Bani, D.R.         Columbus Clippers (International League/AAA)

7    Ruiz, Keibert (LAD)                    R-R               6-0     205       4/12/945               Valencia, Venezuela          Tulsa Drillers (Texas League/AA)


Infielders (6)

#   Player (Organization)     BatsThrows       HT      WT      Birthdate                   Hometown            Current Team (League/Level)

45   Alvarez, Yordan (HOU)               L-R               6-5     225        6/27/97                  Las Tunas, Cuba Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League/AA)

7    Garcia, Luis (WSH)                     L-R               6-0     190        5/16/00                    Pimentel, D.R.        Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League/A)

13   Gimenez, Andres (NYM)             L-R              5-11    161         9/4/98             Barquisimeto, Venezuela     St. Lucie Mets (Florida State League/A)

31   Lugo, Dawel (DET)                     R-R               6-0     190       12/31/94                      Bani, D.R.           Toledo Mud Hens (International League/AAA)

23   Tatis, Fernando (SD)                  R-R               6-3     185         1/2/99                   San Pedro, D.R. San Antonio Missions (Texas League/AA)

3    Urias, Luis (SD)                          R-R               5-9     185         6/3/97     Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico       El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League/AAA)


Outfielders (7)

#   Player (Organization)     BatsThrows       HT      WT      Birthdate                   Hometown            Current Team (League/Level)

68   Arozarena, Randy (STL)             R-R              5-11    170        2/28/95                    Havana, Cuba       Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League/AAA)

6    Basabe, Luis (CWS)                    S-R               6-0     160        8/26/96                El Vigia, Venezuela Birmingham Barons (Southern League/AA)

17   Diaz, Yusniel (LAD)                    R-R               6-1     195        10/7/96                    Havana, Cuba    Tulsa Drillers (Texas League/AA)

25   Matias, Seuly (KC)                      R-R               6-3     200         9/4/98                   La Isabela, D.R.    Lexington Legends (South Atlantic League/A)

14   Ramos, Heliot (SF)                     R-R               6-2     185         9/7/99               Humacao, Puerto Rico                Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League/A)

4    Sanchez, Jesus (TB)                   L-R               6-3     210        10/7/95                     Higuey, D.R.  Charlotte Stone Crabs (Florida State League/A)

3    Taveras, Leody (TEX)                 S-R               6-1     170         9/8/98                     Tenares, D.R.        Down East Wood Ducks (Carolina League/A)


Chihuahuas’ Kennedy, Urias Named to Pacific Coast League All-Star Team

El Paso Chihuahuas pitcher Brett Kennedy and infielder Luis Urias have been named Pacific Coast League All-Stars. The 2018 Huntington Bank Triple-A All-Star Game presented by Gildan will take place on Wednesday, July 11 in Columbus, Ohio; home of the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland).

The roster is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by club’s field managers and general managers, members of the media and broadcasters, and online fan voting. The elected players are joined by 20 additional All-Stars selected by Pacific Coast League officials.

Marty Pevey, the Iowa Cubs’ winningest manager, will skipper the roster featuring players from all 16 clubs, including a League-high four from both the affiliates of last year’s World Series – the Fresno Grizzlies (Houston) and the Oklahoma City Dodgers (L.A. Dodgers).

Nearly half of the players on the roster (16-of-33) have yet to appear in a Major League game, while 15 of the players are 25-years-old or younger.

Memphis pitcher Dakota Hudson, tabbed by MLB Pipeline as the St. Louis Cardinals No. 3 prospect, was the League’s top vote-getter and will get the start. The PCL’s ERA and wins leader will become the fifth hurler in franchise history to start a Triple-A All-Star Game, and the first since Chris Gissell in 2005.

Oklahoma City southpaw and the League’s top strikeout artist Manny Banuelos was the other elected starting pitcher. Relievers R.J. Alvarez (Round Rock) and Pat Venditte (Oklahoma City) were also elected; Alvarez has a PCL-best 15 saves, while the ambidextrous Venditte has limited opponents to a .169 average.

The Fresno Grizzlies, owners of Triple-A Baseball’s second-best record, will have two starters on the infield, A.J. Reed (1B), whose 18 homers are the second-most in the League, and J.D. Davis (3B), who has hit .337. New Orleans’ Eric Campbell (2B) and Sacramento’s Chase d’Arnaud (SS) will draw the start up the middle; Campbell has reached base at a .430 clip, while d’Arnaud has scored 52 runs.

Getting the start behind the plate is Milwaukee farmhand Christian Bethancourt (Colorado Springs). Omaha’s Frank Schwindel, his team’s top run producer, will be the designated hitter.

Jabari Blash (Salt Lake), the PCL’s top home run hitter and off a three-homer performance against Reno on June 27, was the top vote-getter in the outfield. He will be joined by Albuquerque’s Mike Tauchman and Reno’s Socrates Brito. Tauchman has posted a .355 batting average and a .626 slugging percentage, totals that rank in the top three in the PCL.

Brito will be making his first Triple-A All-Star appearance. He has topped all hitters in the League with a .358 average. Blash, Tauchman and Brito also make up three of the four players that enter PCL action today with an OPS north of 1.000.

The reserves are highlighted by three of MLB Pipeline’s top 30 prospects in the sport, Fresno outfielder Kyle Tucker (No. 9), Oklahoma City outfielder Alex Verdugo (No. 28) and El Paso infielder Luis Urias (No. 30).

Rounding out the positional reserves are catchers Rocky Gale (Oklahoma City) and Garrett Stubbs (Fresno), infielders Josh Fuentes (Albuquerque), Nick Martini (Nashville), Nate Orf (Colorado Springs) and Patrick Wisdom (Memphis) and outfielder Zach Borenstein (Las Vegas).

Kansas City farmhand Trevor Oaks (Omaha), sporting a 2.05 ERA, leads the pitcher reserves. Right-handers Shawn Armstrong (Tacoma), Zac Gallen (New Orleans), D.J. Johnson (Albuquerque), Brett Kennedy (El Paso), James Naile (Nashville), Daniel Poncedeleon (Memphis), Tyler Rogers (Sacramento), Bobby Wahl (Nashville) and southpaw Alberto Baldonado (Iowa) are the other hurlers receiving All-Star nods.

The PCL will look to claim their second consecutive All-Star victory after last season’s 6-4 triumph at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Renato Nunez (Nashville) earned PCL Top Star honors after mashing the decisive three-run homer. In the 20 years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format, the International League has taken 12 of the 20 contests.

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