Jose Urena
Jose Urena
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Miami Marlins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Urena is the ultimate fantasy tease. Most of his underlying metrics are fine, and he throws 96 mph. However, the missing link, especially for fantasy, is the swing and miss. He generates a paltry 6.2% SwStr% on his four-seamer, a pitch he throws nearly 60% of the time. Urena sports a healthy 13.5% SwStr% on his slider and 12.3% SwStr% with his changeup, so perhaps a change in usage or sequencing could help improve a weak 18.3% strikeout rate. From a fantasy standpoint, there's breakout potential if something clicks. Betting on a groundball hurler with good control and a 96-mph fastball seems like a winning proposition. However, at least initially, Urena is best utilized as a streamer, especially for home games. Keep in mind his low strikeout total is particularly detrimental in leagues with an innings maximum. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Marlins in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Labeled Opening Day starter
PMiami Marlins
February 14, 2019
Manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that Urena would serve as the Marlins' starter for their Opening Day game March 28 at home versus the Rockies, Joe Frisaro of reports.
Urena hasn't been a standout performer by any means over the past two seasons, but his 3.90 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 65 outings (59 starts) during that span are solid enough to make him the ace of a beleaguered Miami pitching staff. He'll have some appeal as an innings eater in NL-only formats and deep mixed leagues, but Urena's inability to regularly induce swings and misses (career 6.1 K/9) significantly undercut his fantasy upside.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .260 941 121 74 219 37 8 33
Since 2016vs Right .233 868 180 70 179 36 3 23
2018vs Left .255 384 63 25 90 14 2 14
2018vs Right .226 328 67 26 65 14 0 5
2017vs Left .241 359 39 36 75 16 2 12
2017vs Right .235 365 74 28 77 9 3 14
2016vs Left .303 198 19 13 54 7 4 7
2016vs Right .242 175 39 16 37 13 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
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ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 4.10 1.32 230.1 9 20 0 6.4 2.9 1.1
Since 2016Away 4.61 1.21 196.0 18 8 1 6.2 3.2 1.3
2018Home 3.95 1.19 95.2 3 9 0 7.6 2.5 1.0
2018Away 4.02 1.17 78.1 6 3 0 5.6 2.8 0.9
2017Home 3.21 1.39 89.2 5 5 0 5.3 3.0 1.1
2017Away 4.50 1.14 80.0 9 2 0 6.8 3.8 1.7
2016Home 6.20 1.44 45.0 1 6 0 6.2 3.2 1.2
2016Away 6.05 1.42 38.2 3 3 1 6.3 3.0 1.2
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How does Jose Urena compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Going by traditional (i.e. outdated) measures, Urena had a great season, but the underlying numbers paint a far less rosy picture. While he led the Marlins in wins and ended up with a very respectable 3.82 ERA over 169.2 innings, his FIP was nearly a run and a half worse at 5.20 (5.29 xFIP, 5.19 SIERA). Urena averaged just 6.0 K/9 while walking 3.4 per nine, resulting in the fourth-worst K-BB percentage among qualified starters. He had a 4.54 ERA outside of the pitcher-friendly confines of Marlins Park, and while Urena can flash impressive spin to go with mid-90s fastball velocity, there's little evidence to suggest a significant uptick in strikeouts is coming in future seasons (8.2 percent swinging-strike rate, 58.7 percent first-pitch strike rate, 28.8 percent O-Swing percentage). The biggest thing Urena has going for him is safety in the rotation, with the Marlins needing capable arms to eat innings in the first year of a rebuild.
Urena split time between Triple-A and the majors in 2016, as he was sent down and recalled by the Marlins on multiple occasions. While Urena made 12 starts and 28 overall appearances for Miami, his performance in the big leagues this season was relatively unspectacular. The 25-year-old earned a 6.13 ERA and 4.72 FIP in 83.2 innings of work. His struggles resulted in part from his inability consistently generate strikeouts, resulting in a disappointing 6.2 K/9 rate. The Miami right-hander also had fairly extreme splits, as righties slashed .236/.320/.405 off him while lefties were able to slash .298/.359/.506 in 2016. Urena is still young at 25 years old, so there is certainly still a chance that he will improve upon his first couple of stints in the big leagues. Urena likely won't be in the Marlins' rotation to start the season, but he has a good chance to be a spot-starter and the first guy asked to fill in if one of Miami's starters goes down with an injury.
As he had the previous three seasons, Urena moved up in the Marlins organization. Due to injuries, however, he made more appearances in the major leagues than was originally expected for him. The right-hander had his fair share of struggles in his first showing in the majors, going 1-5 with a 5.25 ERA, 1.59 ERA, and 1.12 K/BB. He did see success while pitching with Triple-A New Orleans, though, posting a career best 2.66 ERA while going 6-1 in 11 starts. The Marlins have plenty of young pitchers, but if the 24-year-old can carry that success he saw in the minors to the majors, he could find a spot as a long reliever with the Marlins or even push for a rotation spot with a strong spring.
Another year, another step up the Marlins’ ladder for Urena, who collected 162 innings with a  3.33 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 13 wins for Double-A Jacksonville during his fourth professional season. Urena continues to show exemplary control for a 23-year-old (1.61 BB/9 in 2014) while striking out a career-best 121 batters last season. Urena tends to work to contact with his mid-90s heater but is effective at keeping in the ball in the yard. Still, he’s unlikely to find much growth in his strikeout potential until a more effective secondary offering is established. Urena will likely take his superb command to Triple-A in 2015, but will be hard pressed to find opportunity in the majors this season with the Marlins possessing talented rotation options both in the big leagues and in the high minors.
Urena racked up a 3.73 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) at High-A Jupiter during his age-21 as he continued his climb up the ranks in the Marlins' pitching-rich farm system. The right-hander has modest strikeout ability -- registering 107 punchouts in 149.2 inning pitched last season -- but has already shown plus control, walking just 1.8 BB/9 over his past two seasons. Urena touches the mid-90s with the heater and also boasts an improving slider that will need further work to become a valuable offering. He is likely to start 2014 at Double-A and could have a shot to make his big league debut when rosters expand in September.
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Reaches agreement with Marlins
PMiami Marlins
January 11, 2019
Urena and the Marlins agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Records quality start in win
PMiami Marlins
September 28, 2018
Urena (9-12) tallied a quality start in Friday's win over the Mets. He went six innings and allowed one run on five hits and four walks while striking out four.
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Good to go for final start
PMiami Marlins
September 28, 2018
Urena (knee) will start Friday's game against the Mets.
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Feels OK in win despite knee injury
PMiami Marlins
September 22, 2018
Urena (8-12) recorded the win Saturday after throwing 5.2 scoreless innings against the Reds, allowing three hits and one walk, and striking out two. He said after the game that he's feeling tightness in the IT band of his right knee but expects to make his next start Friday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
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Will make next start
PMiami Marlins
September 17, 2018
Urena (hand) isn't expected to miss any time after exiting Sunday's game against the Phillies with a right hand cramp, Wells Dusenbury of the Sun-Sentinel reports.
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