Richard Urena
Richard Urena
23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Urena got into 40 games for the Blue Jays last season and performed capably at the plate, hitting .298/.340/.364. It would be incorrect to say he truly looks big-league ready, though, as that line was propped up by an unsustainable .424 BABIP and came with some discouraging plate-discipline numbers (29.6 K%, 6.5 BB%). His major-league numbers were also out of line with his very disappointing showing for Triple-A Buffalo, where he hit just .216/.250/.344. Reports on Urena as a prospect peg him as a competent fielder whose bat will probably limit him to a utility role. His ability to play shortstop gives him a good shot at an Opening Day roster spot, but it will probably take an injury to a fellow infielder to get him everyday at-bats. Read Past Outlooks
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Back in majors
SSToronto Blue Jays
April 21, 2019
Urena was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Sunday's game in Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Urena is a capable defender, so he will continue to see time in the majors as long as he remains on the 40-man roster, but there is no evidence that Urena can be productive against big-league pitching (career 84 wRC+, 31.9 percent strikeout rate). He should get the occassional start while he is up.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+180%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .832 52 4 1 5 1 .333 .388 .444
Since 2017vs Right .624 158 13 1 5 2 .247 .295 .329
2019vs Left 1.482 10 0 0 0 0 .571 .625 .857
2019vs Right .529 17 1 0 0 0 .235 .235 .294
2018vs Left .773 23 3 1 4 0 .318 .318 .455
2018vs Right .683 85 7 0 2 2 .286 .345 .338
2017vs Left .618 19 1 0 1 1 .250 .368 .250
2017vs Right .563 56 5 1 3 0 .192 .236 .327
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+65%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+112%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+228%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .820 113 10 1 6 0 .343 .373 .448
Since 2017Away .497 97 7 1 4 3 .174 .253 .244
2019Home 1.000 17 1 0 0 0 .438 .438 .563
2019Away .472 10 0 0 0 0 .125 .222 .250
2018Home .705 65 5 0 2 0 .305 .349 .356
2018Away .701 43 5 1 4 2 .275 .326 .375
2017Home .954 31 4 1 4 0 .367 .387 .567
2017Away .291 44 2 0 0 1 .079 .186 .105
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How does Richard Urena compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
3.7%
 
K Rate
25.9%
 
BABIP
.471
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.333
 
OBP
.360
 
SLG
.458
 
OPS
.818
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Urena put forth his worst offensive performance, relative to league average, of his minor-league career in a return trip to Double-A (73 wRC+). While he clearly hadn't earned a promotion to Triple-A, let alone MLB, he received a September callup due to the fact he was already on the 40-man roster and the Blue Jays had nothing to lose by seeing how Urena looked against the game's best. He surprised everyone by hitting .316/.381/.474 with a home run in his first 38 at-bats, but his .458 BABIP and 31 percent strikeout rate over that stretch were pretty obvious signs that significant regression was coming. He went on to notch just two hits over his final 33 plate appearances. Urena is a fringe defender at shortstop, so his bat was always going to need to carry him. He could head to Triple-A for his age-22 season, not necessarily because he is up for the challenge, but because he is running out of time to prove he deserves a spot on the 40-man roster.
While Urena may not have the standout tools we typically look for in fantasy prospects, he does a lot of things well, and it's easier to overlook the flaws when the player fields a premium position. Urena made more consistent contact in 2016, posting a sub-15 percent strikeout rate with High-A Dunedin and maintaining an average north of .300 with the affiliate. He also took a significant step forward with his mechanics in the field, which helped convince the Blue Jays to bump him up to Double-A New Hampshire for the final month of the season. Urena's walk rate fell to just 3.0 percent and he didn't tally a homer or a steal in 20 games in the Eastern League, but the mere fact that he reached that level as a 20-year-old is impressive. He needs to learn to take a walk, but the switch-hitter has the potential for some power growth, especially when he reaches Rogers Centre. Look for him to spend all of 2017 at the upper levels as he prepares to break through to the majors in 2018.
At first glance, Urena is a classic light-hitting, defensive shortstop. However, the 19-year-old has shown a profile that’s far more rounded than that. Signed in 2012 at just 16, Urena has quickly developed into an all-around player that has a chance to crack the majors sooner rather than later. After hitting three home runs in his first two minor league seasons, Urena hit 15 in 91 games with Single-A Lansing. In 121 games across Single-A Lansing and High-A Dunedin, Urena hit for a .262/.284/.407 slash line. While the increased pop in his bat is a huge development, he seemed to do so at the expensive of his eye, as his OBP dropped 70 points from 2014 to 2015. Defensively, Urena is excellent; using his rangy frame to track down everything in the hole and make all the necessary throws. With Troy Tulowitzki occupying his position and plenty of levels still to go, look for Urena to start back in High-A Dunedin and crack the MLB in 2018 or so.
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Demoted to Triple-A
SSToronto Blue Jays
April 12, 2019
Urena will be sent to Triple-A Buffalo prior to Saturday's game against Tampa Bay, John Lott of The Athletic reports.
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Surprises with bat in start
SSToronto Blue Jays
April 1, 2019
Urena went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in Sunday's extra-innings loss to the Tigers.
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Wins roster spot
SSToronto Blue Jays
March 27, 2019
Urena was informed Tuesday that he would be included on the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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In line for Opening Day assignment
SSToronto Blue Jays
March 5, 2019
Urena appears to be the favorite to begin the season as the Blue Jays' utility infielder, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
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Called up and starting
SSToronto Blue Jays
September 4, 2018
Urena was recalled by the Blue Jays on Tuesday and is batting ninth and playing shortstop against the Rays.
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