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Luis Urias, Josh Naylor produce in AFL opener

MLB.com - Wednesday 11th October, 2017

Padres prospect Josh Naylor gets the World Team on the board with an RBI single in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game

Signed out of the Mexican League as a 16-year-old, Urias was named the Class A Advanced California League's MVP in 2016 at age 19. He's a line-drive hitter with excellent pitch recognition and sprays the ball all over the field, especially in the gaps. With his advanced approach at the plate, he's seen as an impact player at the Major League level.

Naylor, the Padres' No. 10 prospect, went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles for Peoria. San Diego acquired the 20-year-old first baseman in the trade that sent Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea and Tayron Guerrero to the Marlins in July 2016. Naylor was a first-round selection (12th overall) by Miami in 2015. Between Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio this season, he slashed .280/.346/.415 with 10 home runs in 114 games.

Naylor's RBI single WLD@USA: Josh Naylor puts the World Team on the boardPadres prospect Josh Naylor gets the World Team on the board with an RBI single in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game

Naylor has plus-plus raw power as a left-handed hitter, but his early results in the Minors are more reflective of his bat speed and excellent hand-eye coordination. His ability to keep the barrel in the zone longer than most hitters leads to hard contact to all parts of the field, and he projects as a middle-of-the-order hitter in the Majors, with the potential to produce 30-plus homers in a season.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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