Francisco Urbaez has been named the Southern League’s Player of the Week for his performance against the Rocket City Trash Pandas.

The Chattanooga Lookouts infielder played in five of the six games against the Trash Pandas last week and went 9-18 with four extra-base hits, five walks, five runs, six runs batted in, and just two strikeouts. All of that together led him to posting a .500 batting average, a .625 on-base percentage, and he slugged an even 1.000. An OPS of 1.625 tends to jump out at the voters and they took notice.

During the series Francisco Urbaez walked in four of the five games he played in. He also had multiple hits in three of the five games.

Since joining Chattanooga on May 21st, Urbaez has hit well. Over his 34 games played he’s hit .298/.367/.489 with six doubles, two triples, five home runs, and he’s walked 14 times with just 19 strikeouts in 151 plate appearances. He’s crushed the ball at home with the Lookouts, hitting .333/.412/.568 in 24 games at AT&T Field.

2024 is the fourth consecutive season where Urbaez has spent time in Chattanooga. He had played in 128 games with the Lookouts prior to the start of this season. He’s also played in parts of three seasons with Triple-A Louisville, which includes 13 games played with the Bats this year. If he keeps on hitting like he has been since heading to the Southern League he might find himself back with Louisville sooner rather than later.

Here are the other Cincinnati Reds players to win a Player of the Week Award in 2024:

Player League Time Frame
Ricardo Cabrera Florida State League April 15-21
Rhett Lowder Midwest League April 22-28
Carson Spiers International League May 6-12
Tyler Callihan Southern League May 6-12
Juan Martinez Florida State League May 13-19
Jonathan Harmon Midwest League June 3-9
Nestor Lorant Florida State League June 24-30
Francisco Urbaez Southern League June 24-30

5 Responses

  1. MBS

    It would be nice to see Urbaez, and Johnson both go up to AAA. Both have been hot and are a bit old for AA. Plus, I could do with more Reds prospects playing in AAA than the castoffs from other organizations that we are running out there now.

    • DaveCT

      Following Urbaez through his pro career, he has missed big chunks of time each season, with a AA peak of 68 games in 2023. Having someone like he or Ivan Johnson become a homegrown utility guy rather than overpaying for the preferred veterans would beca good thing.

      • MBS

        I guess there’s no hurry, I just don’t like looking at lineups in AAA with so many guys who didn’t come up through the Reds organization.

        I also want to see if these guys can produce at AAA, and what better time for a promotion than halfway through the season while riding a hot streak!

        “Having someone like he or Ivan Johnson become a homegrown utility guy rather than overpaying for the preferred veterans would beca good thing.”

        For sure, that’s my preference.

      • DaveCT

        Same. Especially as so many non-organizational guys are here a year, maybe two, then move on.

    • DaveCT

      I think they may stay at AA, as one of the reasons Urbaez snd McAfee were presumably sent down (and Ibarra sent up) to AA was to stabilize the team given its ridiculously weak start. Both guys could individually really use a nice solid year of success after several seasons interrupted by injury, too.


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