During my time in PSL, I got a firsthand look at all of the Mets top prospects. One of the more intriguing players I wanted to watch was Juan Urbina. Toby recently ranked Urbina as the Mets #14 prospect.
The 17-year old Urbina was behind most of the pitchers in terms of workload. While other pitchers were throwing live bp sessions, Urbina still was only doing side sessions while I was in Florida. The Mets Director of Minor League Operations, Adam Wogan was on hand to carefully watch Urbina’s bullpen session.
Here are some of my thoughts on what I saw from Urbina:
- Tall and slender, Urbina has an ideal pitcher’s frame, with tons of room to fill out. He has long arms and big hands.
- A quiet demeanor and personality, Urbina showed poise and control over his overall persona that is pretty rare for a HS kid. As the son of a former big leaguer, he is not in awe of being a professional.
- Urbina easily repeats his mechanics and showed athleticism during drills.
- His arm action is free and easy. You can easily project more velocity as he gets stronger.
- He flashed a plus change-up, getting good arm speed & sinking action with this pitch.
- Urbina struggled to get on top of his breaking ball consistently, as he would come around the baseball at times. When he stayed on top, his curve-ball has the potential to be pretty good.
Overall Urbina was very impressive, but is still very raw and unseasoned. I was very impressed with his demeanor as he never looked nervous, and was in total control in every drill or bullpen session.
His mechanics remind me of Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano.
There is a lot to get excited for as Urbina has tons of upside and a great family pedigree to boot. I would expect to see him stay in PSL for extended spring training, and join either Kingsport or Brooklyn later this summer.