Luis Urias has slowed ever so slightly since the All-Star break. The tail off did not bar the 20-year-old from earning a spot on the Texas League’s postseason all-star team.
Urias, right-handed starter Brett Kennedy and right-handed reliever Trey Wingenter were all named to the team, while San Antonio manager Phillip Wellman was named the Texas League Manager of the Year.
The circuit’s player of the year is Tulsa’s Matt Beaty and the pitcher of the year is Springfield’s Dakota Hudson.
Urias opened the season as the Texas League’s youngest player and earned a spot as the starting shortstop on the mid-season all-star team. The California League MVP a year ago, Urias is hitting .297/.397/.386 with three homers, 35 RBIs and more walks (63) than strikeouts (57).
Ranked No. 37 among Baseball America’s top-100 prospects, Urias is hitting .266/.370/.318 since the all-sar break and .172/.294/.259 in August.
The 23-year-old Kennedy leads Padres minor leaguers with 12 wins, has fashioned a 3.65 ERA over 24 starts (130 2/3 IP), has struck out 129 and walked 34.
Wingenter, 23, leads the organization with 19 saves in 24 chances. He has struck out 61, fashioned a 2.18 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP and has limited opposing hitters to a .181 average over 45 1/3 innings.
The Missions won the South Division’s first half title and has a 2½-game lead on Midland for a second-half title. Their 73-56 overall record is tied with Springfield for the best in the Texas League.
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