Top prospects Tatis, Urias sent to Minors camp


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Top prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. and Julio Urias have shown impressive flashes in Spring Training action, but Padres fans will have to wait a little longer to see them again on a Major League field. The team’s Nos. 1 and 3 prospects, respectively, Tatis and Urias were reassigned to Minor League camp on Tuesday.

Tatis, the game’s No. 2 shortstop prospect and No. 8 prospect overall according to MLB Pipeline, was batting .281 (9-for-32) with a .469 slugging percentage in Cactus League play. The son of former Major Leaguer Fernando Tatis has been lauded for his bat speed and ability to make adjustments at the plate, as well as his ability to make highlight-reel plays in the field.

Top prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. and Julio Urias have shown impressive flashes in Spring Training action, but Padres fans will have to wait a little longer to see them again on a Major League field. The team’s Nos. 1 and 3 prospects, respectively, Tatis and Urias were reassigned to Minor League camp on Tuesday.

Tatis, the game’s No. 2 shortstop prospect and No. 8 prospect overall according to MLB Pipeline, was batting .281 (9-for-32) with a .469 slugging percentage in Cactus League play. The son of former Major Leaguer Fernando Tatis has been lauded for his bat speed and ability to make adjustments at the plate, as well as his ability to make highlight-reel plays in the field.

Tweet from @AJCassavell: Fernando Tatis and Luis Urias are headed to the Minors. It’s been a fun spring for the club’s top two hitting prospects. Both could be back with the big league club this season.

Urias, the game’s No. 2 prospect at second base and the No. 36 prospect overall, leaves Major League camp having batted .286 (8-for-28) with a .464 slugging percentage and five doubles. Signed out of the Mexican League in 2013, Urias is seen as having an advanced knowledge of the strike zone and impressive bat-to-ball skills.

“The upside is there,” manager Andy Green said of Tatis and Urias on Tuesday. “They’re impressive young players. Neither one is a finished product. There’s a lot to like in both of them and still a lot of work.”

Tatis and Urias, along with fellow standouts like pitchers MacKenzie Gore and Michel Baez, are strong factors in the Padres owning baseball’s No. 1 farm system, as ranked by MLB Pipeline.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.