In the first of many Quick Plate features, we’ll catch you up on the happenings on #PadresTwitter at large. First up is Luis Urías being demoted to AAA and the reaction.
The announcement of Luis Urías being sent back to AAA is making the rounds on Padres Twitter. This burning hot topic is churning up reactions of varying repute, so allow us to help you catch up with a Quick Plate.
Additionally, the #Padres reinstated OF Manuel Margot from the paternity list and optioned INF Luis Urías to Triple-A El Paso.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 21, 2019
The reaction to the move has been negative to say the absolute least. Subsequently, arguments have been made regarding who or what to blame for the lack of progress in Urías’ development. We’ll dive into where your fellow fans are laying the blame.
The Fire Andy Green Movement
This seems to be the most inflammatory reaction being tossed around. Many are laying the blame for Luis Urías’ playing time at the feet of the Padres skipper. Some point to Green preferring to play veteran Ian Kinsler, who has done very little to validate himself performance-wise. Ian currently owns a .154/.247/.256 slash. Others believe constant tinkering with the lineup hasn’t allowed players to get into an established routine, and that includes little playing time for Urías.
Me waiting for the news to break that the Padres have fired Andy Green. pic.twitter.com/s2TIqciJA9
— Corey Stewart (@CoreyAStewart) April 20, 2019
So done with Andy Green. Let Rod Barajas run this team.
— Patrick Brewer (@patrickbrewer93) April 21, 2019
Ian Kinsler Ruins Everything
Speaking of second baseman, many point to the presence of Ian Kinsler on the roster as the biggest roadblock to Luis Urías manning the keystone. Do I need to put the slashline here again? No? Ok, cool.
Here’s a list of better options at second base than Ian Kinsler:
1. Luis Urías
2. Ty France
3. A scarecrow
4. Jose Pirela
5. Everyone else in the existence of the world.
— Ian (@AppreciatedSD) April 21, 2019
Padres shouldn’t send Luis Urías down to Triple-A in favor of a 36 yr old Ian Kinsler
-0.5 WAR, .161/.257/.258, 70 PA
Urías 2018-2019 (MLB):
0.0 WAR, .167/.256/.278, 82 PA
Urías Triple-A (career):
.300/.405/.457, 568 PA
Dude has nothing left to prove in El Paso
— Marcus (@marcusSDTX) April 21, 2019
This isn’t to say that there aren’t defenders of Kinsler playing 2B. The main argument in favor of sending Luis down is so the 2B can get more consistent playing time and rebuild confidence under less harsh lights.
— East Village Times (@SD_SportingNews) April 22, 2019
— Tim Spivey (@timspivey) April 22, 2019
The New Ty France Narrative
The latest news burgeoning from the Pads’ AAA affiliate is that one Ty France is hitting. Not only is the SDSU product hitting, he’s doing so while at second base. Some suspect this is positioning to get a hot bat in the lineup similar to Josh Naylor in the outfield. Given the Padres current woes, this seems like a practical maneuver. One could also make the argument that France’s numbers are inflated thanks to El Paso’s elevation. A new “juiced” baseball being used in the PCL might also contribute to France’s numbers.
If Ty France becomes the #Padres second baseman, we're gonna miss those tags.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) April 21, 2019
Meanwhile, Josh Naylor and Ty France have gone back-to-back TWICE today.
France is up to nine homers and hitting .446 … and playing second base.
— Jeff Sanders (@sdutSanders) April 21, 2019
It’s easy to commiserate with Luis. If you’ve seen any of his interactions with Tatis Jr. and Franmil Reyes on Snapchat, you’d see a likable young man who enjoys playing the game next to his friends. Seeing both Fernando and Franmil become fixtures in the Padres rotation while taking the Quackenbush Express back to El Paso must be difficult. With little left to prove in El Paso, one can see time spent regaining confidence (alongside ACTUAL playing time) bringing Urías back to the Bigs sooner rather than later.