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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Called up for final month
SSToronto Blue Jays
September 3, 2019
Urena was recalled by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
The 23-year-old has gotten into 79 big-league games over the last three seasons but hasn't had much success at the plate, hitting .255/.302/.337 with just two homers and a 32.2 percent strikeout rate. He'll have to fight for playing time with a group of more highly-rated young infielders down the stretch.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
5
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
4
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+9%
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 .678 72 5 1 6 1 .266 .319 .359
Since 2017vs Right .620 191 15 1 8 2 .249 .293 .328
2019vs Left .632 30 1 0 1 0 .231 .286 .346
2019vs Right .578 50 3 0 3 0 .250 .265 .313
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
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+228%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .749 147 12 1 10 0 .312 .336 .413
Since 2017Away .487 116 8 1 4 3 .175 .254 .233
2019Home .673 51 3 0 4 0 .286 .286 .388
2019Away .450 29 1 0 0 0 .160 .250 .200
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.09
 
BB Rate
2.5%
 
K Rate
28.8%
 
BABIP
.353
 
ISO
.081
 
AVG
.243
 
OBP
.273
 
SLG
.324
 
OPS
.597
 
wOBA
.265
 
Exit Velocity
85.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.1%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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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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Sent to minors
SSToronto Blue Jays
August 24, 2019
Urena was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.
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Returns to big leagues
SSToronto Blue Jays
August 20, 2019
Urena was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Demoted as expected
SSToronto Blue Jays
May 24, 2019
Urena was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
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Heading back to Triple-A
SSToronto Blue Jays
May 23, 2019
Urena is expected to be sent back to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Summoned to majors
SSToronto Blue Jays
May 16, 2019
Urena was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.
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