After batting .365 in the minor leagues, Urrutia hit .269 in 52 at-bats over 21 games with the Orioles with only one extra-base hit. He had three multihit performances, including a three-hit night July 22 in his second career start at Kansas City.
Urrutia made 10 starts at designated hitter for the Orioles, pinch hit on 10 occasions and was a defensive replacement in left field late in the Orioles' 11-0 loss to the Houston Astros on July 31.
Showalter said the Orioles' place in their schedule made it hard for Urrutia to get consistent at-bats. With the starting outfield set with Nate McLouth, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, Urrutia was almost exclusively a designated hitter. And when the Orioles embarked on an eight-game road trip against three National League West teams, he was relegated to a pinch-hitting role. Urrutia was 2-for-10 with a run scored and four strikeouts in those appearances.
“The thing that's impressed me is that he's very engaged in the game,” Showalter said. “He's a fan of the game. He watched the game. He gets the competition. You don't ever have to search for him in a pinch-hitting spot. He very quickly figured out how it works.”
Showalter said Urrutia, at age 26, was similar to a 22-year-old in professional baseball. There were flashes of a consistent hitter, and Showalter said Urrutia's power — he hit seven home runs in the minors — could come with time.
All he needs is consistent appearances at the plate.