Ramón Urías is making a strong case to be part of the Orioles in 2022.
Since being given the opportunity to be an everyday player when veteran shortstop Freddy Galvis went on the injured list, Urías has been one of the team’s hottest players.
The 27-year-old infielder has seven multi-hit games in his last 11 appearances since July 3 and is batting .286/.351/.429 with four homers and 18 RBIs overall. He recorded consecutive multi-RBI games for the first time in his career during the weekend against the Kansas City Royals.
“He’s done a great job,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “You see him getting the barrel out front. When he gets the barrel out front, he hits the ball hard. … He’s getting big hits for us, and he’s one of the rare players right now that isn’t trying to spin to hit pull-side balls in the air. It’s kind of refreshing.
“It’s a real middle of the field approach. Now, he’s starting to catch them out front a little bit.”
Urías started the season slowly. He batted .139 (5-for-36) through his season’s first 16 games. However, he’s batting .349 (29-for-83) in 25 games since April 30, including .323 (20-for-62) since his June 27 recall.
“At the beginning, I noticed I was doing a toe-tap for my rhythm while hitting and since I wasn’t playing on a consistent basis, it was hard to put together a rhythm so I stopped doing that and just worked a little on timing at my at-bat at home plate, and I’m seeing the benefits of seeing regular play,” Urías said. “It’s a great opportunity, it’s a blessing. I’m trying to work as hard as I can and trying to take advantage of this situation so I can help my team win.”
Urías, who has made 16 consecutive starts at shortstop, has flashed the skills to be part of the Orioles’ rebuild. He can also play multiple positions.
“I like the energy he plays with, done a solid job at shortstop while Freddy has been out, and he’s putting ABs together and competing at the plate really nicely,” Hyde said.
The Orioles are also likely to promote infielder Jahmai Jones, who was acquired by the Orioles from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Alex Cobb this past offseason. Jones was hampered by an oblique earlier this season but is now thriving at Triple-A Norfolk.
Jones is primarily a second baseman but has also played left field for the Tides. He ranks as the No. 16 Orioles prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
Jones is batting .299/.404/.526 with seven home runs, eight doubles and 24 RBIs in the minors this season. He was 4-for-8 with a home run on his injury rehab assignment with High-A Aberdeen.
“The only thing I have to do is just continue doing what I’m good at and learning from everybody that’s in any organization,” Jones said. “There are so many good minds and good players over here that I haven’t been around, so for me to be put into an environment surrounded by that, it just allows me to grow even more as a player and a person.”
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