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Mensaje sin leerPublicado: 22 Abr 2019 20:59
por liny195
PEORIA , Ariz. (AP) — The San Diego Padres‘ present got a lot better last week when they signed Manny Machado to play third base.The future up the middle looks very bright as well, with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias coming through the system.Both were in the Padres’ lineup on Sunday when San Diego played the Chicago White Sox in spring training. Urias, batting second, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts but made a sparkling play in the field to take an infield hit away from Ryan Goins. Tatis, in the fifth spot, was 0 for 1 with a walk, and scored on the second of Aderlin Rodriguez’s two-run homers in a 5-4 Padres victory.“He’s unreal,” Urias said of Tatis. “He has a lot of energy and he brings a lot of that to the team. He can do it all.”But Urias figures to come first. The 21-year-old from Mexico has been a second baseman since he signed with the Padres, but may open the season at shortstop with the veteran Ian Kinsler brought in to play second base this season for San Diego.“I’m just starting to keep my routine ,” Urias said. “I don’t know where I’m going to play short or second. I’ve been playing second base most of the time. I signed as a shortstop but I don’t mind playing either one.”Soon, though, the 20-year-old Tatis will be joining him.Tatis is the No. 2-ranked prospect in baseball according to MLB.com and Baseball America. His father was a third baseman in the majors and once hit two grand slams in one inning for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tatis Jr., at age 19, hit .286 with 16 homers at San Antonio, the Padres’ Double-A affiliate.Urias is a highly touted prospect as well. He did make a brief appearance n the big leagues last year, batting .208 with a pair of homers in 48 at-bats before being sidelined with a hamstring injury, but he says he isready to go.For his career in the minors, he has hit .306 with a .397 on-base percentage.“It’s just natural , since I was little,” Urias said of his selective strike zone. “I was kind of like the hitter who put the ball in play. I have been refining my approach every year, just trying to get better, but I know my type of game and I just want to get on base.“We’re always improving something. I’m pretty excited to be back because i hurt my hamstring at the end of the year so I’m pretty happy right now because I’m healthy,” he said.Manager Andy Green is anxious to see how well Machado can mesh with his young teammates — which could be a long-time combination for the Padres, given that Machado is only 26 and signed through 2028.“A great player is going to raise everyone else’s level of expectation of quality of play,” Green said. TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Albert Pujols has a bold if unrealistic prediction for his 2019 season.“I’m expecting to play 162 games,” the Los Angeles Angels first baseman said Sunday. “One hundred ninety games I’m going to play this year , including spring training.”A month past his 39th birthday, Pujols is an 18-year big league veteran, 10-time All-Star and three-time MVP.“He will not be playing 190, I promise you that,” new Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.Pujols had knee surgery last August. He appeared in 117 games and had 465 at-bats, his fewest since 2013, while hitting .245 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs.Because the surgery was in the summer, he was able to have a normal offseason.“If he’s playing well, he’s going to play , it’s as simple as that,” Ausmus said. “The important thing about spring training is making sure he’s healthy going into the season. We certainly don’t want to overload him here and have an issue in April and May. It’s going to evolve as we go. We’ll certainly be cautious out of the gate.”Pujols is expected to play first base and see time at designated hitter until two-way player Shohei Ohtani is given the go-ahead to hit in games following Tommy John surgery.After batting .328 and hitting 445 home runs over 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pujols has a .260 average and 188 homers in seven years with the Angels.“My job is to be healthy and help this ballclub to win a championship,” Pujols said. “I don’t think I need to show anybody. I know what I can do when I’m healthy and that’s what I try to do. My main focus is to help this ballclub win a championship. This is not about me.”Pujols does know Ausmus well from his own playing days.“I have a lot of respect for how Albert plays the game, not only the talent perspective but he played the game the right way — just how he carries himself on the field, the work ethic, all of that,” Ausmus said. “He does a lot of things right.”