2022 Player Outlook
Urshela’s offensive production regressed last season and it was very evident in his plate discipline. The percentage of pitches that he swung at that were outside the strike zone increased by close to 30%. His strikeout rate also jumped by a little over 10%, and at the same time his walk rate decreased by more than 50%. His expected batting average was also 15 points lower than his .267 overall average. Urshela missed time due to a variety of nagging injuries last season including a second half COVID diagnosis and hamstring strain. His first half stats basically mirrored his recent career norms but coincidentally, his offensive numbers tanked in the second half. That might suggest that he might have still been dealing with the lingering effects from either his physical injury or his bout with COVID. We still might see a bit of batting average regression this season but if his 2021 first half stats are any indication, if he’s healthy, we should be treated to the same type of offensive production that we’ve come to expect from Urshela this season.