Jose Urquidy

Jose Urquidy

29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Houston Astros
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 8/1/2025
2024 Fantasy Outlook
It's tempting to toss out Urquidy's entire 2023 season because he missed all of May, June and July due to a severe bout of right shoulder inflammation. He returned from the 60-day IL in early August and mostly pitched well down the stretch, which offers reason for optimism that the injury is fully in the rearview. Unfortunately, that lengthy absence moved him down the Astros' pitching depth chart to the point where he is not assured of being part of the Opening Day rotation in 2024. The retirement of Dusty Baker and promotion of new manager Joe Espada further clouds Urquidy's status. If he's working as a starter, he could perhaps get back to his 2020-22 form and regularly deliver valuable fantasy outings. If he gets stuck in long relief, the mixed-league appeal almost completely fades. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Astros in January of 2024.
Undergoes Tommy John surgery
PHouston Astros
Elbow
June 7, 2024
Urquidy underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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The Astros had only described Urquidy's surgery as "season-ending" prior to the operation, but it's now likely the 29-year-old righty remains out until the second half of the 2025 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. He will finish 2024 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 63 innings and will enter his final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason.
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-17%
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-26%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .223 419 84 26 86 28 1 14
Since 2022vs Right .270 537 95 37 133 17 1 26
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .215 106 21 11 20 7 0 4
2023vs Right .292 169 24 14 45 5 1 7
2022vs Left .226 313 63 15 66 21 1 10
2022vs Right .260 368 71 23 88 12 0 19
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 4.76 1.28 113.1 6 7 0 8.3 2.7 2.1
Since 2022Away 3.87 1.20 114.0 10 4 1 5.9 2.3 1.1
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home 6.06 1.43 35.2 1 2 0 7.6 2.8 2.5
2023Away 4.28 1.43 27.1 2 1 1 4.9 4.6 0.3
2022Home 4.17 1.21 77.2 5 5 0 8.6 2.7 1.9
2022Away 3.74 1.13 86.2 8 3 0 6.2 1.6 1.4
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Urquidy compiled a career-high 164.1 innings as he started 28 games in 29 appearances. His strikeout rate ticked down while his walk rate inched up from the previous year, but it was nothing to warrant concern. As a fly ball pitcher, Urquidy generally sports a low BABIP. Last season's .264 was higher than 2021's .237, but he still benefited from some batted ball luck last season. Urquidy's ERA estimators tabbed his 3.94 mark to be between a quarter and half a run too low. Some may give him the benefit of the doubt and lump Urquidy in with the rest of the Astros talented arms, but he's nowhere near as dominant, thus vulnerable to more variance. Houston has a knack getting the most out of their pitcher's stuff, but Urquidy's spin and velocity isn't as high as his teammates. Put together, Urquidy is a league average pitcher, which is fine. Just don't expect another level typical of Astros' hurler.
Urquidy is beginning to establish an interesting profile. He has an effective mix of pitches, led by the great changeup, but pairs all of it up with strong command to get the most out of what he has. The profile lines up with a modern day James Shields, but without the workhorse innings "Big Game James" threw in the previous era. Urquidy missed a chunk of the summer with shoulder troubles, reminding us that he's yet to work more than 110 innings in a single season. Like Shields, Urquidy is susceptible to the long ball when he misses his location, something Minute Maid Field does not help hide at all. His changeup gets the attention, but don't overlook his slider which has similar swing-and-miss potential thanks to its above-average horizontal movement which hitters have a tough time barreling up. Interest in fantasy is warranted, but the lack of a durability track record is concerning.
Urquidy tested positive for COVID-19 in summer camp, then quarantined for a month before rebuilding his arm strength. He debuted in early September, making five regular-season starts. After just 3.2 frames in his first game, Urquidy alternated six- and seven-inning outings, a good sign in today's landscape. His 14.7 K% is misleading as Urquidy faced the Diamondbacks and Angels, two lineups with low strikeout rates, and a mid-pack Athletics squad. In 14 innings against the Rangers, Urquidy fanned a respectable 12 batters. However, regression on a .209 BABIP should be expected, and that should give you some pause; his 5.36 xFIP and 5.41 SIERA essentially doubled his 2.73 ERA. Embarking on his age-26 season, Urquidy is likely to have his innings monitored, and his 93.5-mph fastball is average by today's standards. This is a solid, but not truly dominant, skill set.
Urquidy entered 2019 as an unheralded prospect, sporting quality earned run averages and walk rates with middling strikeout totals. He finished his first full season since 2017 Tommy John surgery as a member of the rotation for the top seed in the American League. A velocity jump fueled his rise. He sat 90-91 mph with his fastball before TJS, but averaged 93 mph and touched 97 last year. His slider and changeup are quality offerings, but his top tool is plus command. In seven starts and two relief appearances at the big-league level, his walk rate was low as usual (4.2%), though his strikeout rate dropped to a merely good 24.0%. He had some gems and a couple clunkers, and when he was on, he looked the part of at least a mid-rotation starter. Entering his age-24/25 season, he appears poised to be the No. 4 or No. 5 starter on a team that has won 100-plus games in each of the last three seasons.
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Shifted to 60-day IL
PHouston Astros
Elbow
June 5, 2024
The Astros transferred Urquidy (elbow) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Wednesday, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Getting season-ending surgery
PHouston Astros
Forearm
June 5, 2024
The Astros announced that Urquidy will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday on his right elbow, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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May need second Tommy John surgery
PHouston Astros
Forearm
June 3, 2024
Urquidy (forearm) is expected to meet with Dr. Keith Meister this week and could be recommended to undergo the second Tommy John surgery of his career, Alden Gonzalez and Jeff Passan of ESPN.com report.
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Set for further evaluation
PHouston Astros
Forearm
May 26, 2024
Astros general manager Dana Brown said Sunday that Urquidy (forearm) will be evaluated by team physicians Tuesday, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
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Seeing doctors Saturday
PHouston Astros
Forearm
May 25, 2024
Astros manager Joe Espada said Urquidy (forearm) is scheduled to meet with a doctor later Saturday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Severity of injury unknown
PHouston Astros
May 1, 2023
Urquidy left Sunday's game against the Phillies with a right shoulder injury and is expected to receive an MRI to determine the severity of it, according to Max Berman of FOX 26.
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Urquidy's start was cut off after 5.1 innings, and a wayward pitch during an at-bat against Nick Castellanos caused Urquidy to "feel a little bit of pain in the back of my shoulder," as he explained after the game to reporters. Urquidy didn't sound overly concerned with the injury, but the MRI will give the team a clearer picture of what he might be dealing with. Urquidy owns a 5.20 ERA through 27.2 innings so far.
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