Giovanny Urshela

Age: 28 (October 11, 1991) | 6' 0" | 215lbs. | Bats: Right 1B-1 3B-123 OF-1 LF-1 DH-3 PR-3
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
CLE AAA 2016 117 468 54 128 15 58 24 1 8 57 0 0 .274 .294 .380 3 12 .294 n/a
CLE AAA 2017 76 297 34 79 20 45 12 1 6 34 0 0 .266 .321 .374 6 14 .294 n/a
CLE AL 2017 67 156 14 35 8 22 7 0 1 15 0 0 .224 .262 .288 5 13 .256 46/23/31 0 1
TOR AAA 2018 62 224 27 64 13 31 14 2 2 24 0 0 .286 .326 .393 5 13 .323 n/a
TOR AL 2018 19 43 7 10 2 10 1 0 1 3 0 0 .233 .283 .326 4 22 .281 45/9/45 0 1
NYY AAA 2019 2 9 2 4 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 .444 .444 .667 0 22 .571 n/a
NYY AL 2019 132 442 73 139 25 87 34 0 21 74 1 1 .314 .355 .534 5 18 .349 41/25/33 22 21
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a
Career 4yrs 299 908 119 244 53 177 50 1 29 113 1 2 .269 .313 .422 5 18 .305 n/a
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Agree with you Mike, but having watched him often last year, I'm saying he's figured out how to hit and isn't going to forget it.

If he slumps, his great D (which isn't reflected in the Fangraphs metric for some reason) should keep him in the lineup while he works through it. Andujar might be one reason for the low bids, but I think his future is in left field.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 2

I can almost understand why, although $9 is a bit extreme.  As noted below, where was this before?

Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 2

$9 in LABR.

Not late either. The middle of round 8.

I thought they were giving Gio short shrift in CBS when they stopped at $12.

Right now AP4 is $17 in the software. PK 5 is $13, MF5 is $12. AP4 is out of whack.

I'm bringing it down in the first update, not because I've been talked out of paying $17 for Gio but because I don't have to.

My new bid limit is $15. Looks like that's still enough to get him. The cheaper the better.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 1

Gene is right, Urshela hit the ball hard last year. He hadn't done that before. The analytical question is did Urshela change his game, did he hit the ball harder because he was better, or was it for another reason. 

Urshela might have hit the ball harder last year because he was a better hitter than he's ever been before.

He might have hit the ball harder because he was luckier than he ever was before.

For me, Urshela was 27 years old last year. That's the age when skills and brains collide, when players often have their best year. That makes him a late bloomer, maybe he's a force for the next few years. 

On the other hand, he's never made that much hard contact before. Plus his BA is BABIP infused, and he doesn't walk. Fluke.

I'm staying away.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 31

From the Wise Guy:

Giovanny Urshela 

No, I had no idea. Gio can't hit a good slider but so what, he hit everything else.
Hard-hit improvement by leaps and bounds, and it held up too. It has to be
real, Urshela hit the ball too hard too often to be a fluke. Therefore his
career line of .225/.274/.315 coming into 2019 should be ignored. Any
regression will be from .314/.355/.534, like .288/.333/.480 with 80/80. Pretty
good CI in mixed leagues at a leisurely ADP of 249. Also plays in the AB/PA
strategy. $18, two less in OBP leagues.


Gene McCaffrey's unique way of putting things -- somehow blending the macro and the micro with a pinch of pepper -- can be found these days at theathletic.com.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 30

Avoided arbitration, signing for $2.5 million.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 11
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 3.1 Bat 19 Field -2 Run -3 HR/FB 18% Pull 39% Hard 44% IFFB 10%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19