Richard Urena

Richard Urena

28-Year-Old ShortstopSS
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Nationals in November of 2021. Released by the Nationals in August of 2022.
Let go by Nats
SSFree Agent  
August 10, 2022
The Nationals released Urena on Tuesday.
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Urena, who signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals over the winter, slashed .231/.268/.321 in 142 plate appearances at Triple-A Rochester this season. The 26-year-old infielder hasn't appeared in the majors since 2019, when he saw action in 30 games with the Blue Jays.
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Games Played By Position: 2020 Eligibility Notes
October 16, 2019
Clay Link looks at appearances by position and makes note of multi-position eligibility and lost eligibility for 2020.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
September 8, 2019
Erik Siegrist sifts through a big wave of September promotions and activations and wonders if the A's might have brought Ramon Laureano off the injured list a little too early.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
May 19, 2019
Erik Siegrist reviews the available talent on the waiver wire in the American League, where Willie Calhoun leads the latest wave of prospect promotions.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
September 9, 2018
Erik Siegrist checks out the free-agent pool in the Junior Circuit, where Christin Stewart is likely to be one of the last name-brand prospects to get a big-league promotion.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 12, 2018
Erik Siegrist digs through the names on the waiver wire in the AL and thinks Robinson Cano could make a splash when he returns from his suspension this week.
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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.
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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Moves to minor-league camp
SSWashington Nationals  
March 28, 2022
The Nationals reassigned Urena to minor-league camp Monday, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Getting look at third base
SSWashington Nationals  
March 20, 2022
Urena got the start at third base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, going 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
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Joins Nats organization
SSWashington Nationals  
November 29, 2021
Urena signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Sunday.
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Won't break camp in big leagues
SSToronto Blue Jays  
March 27, 2021
Urena was assigned to minor-league camp Saturday.
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Back with Blue Jays
SSToronto Blue Jays  
December 18, 2020
Urena signed a minor-league contract with Toronto on Friday. The deal includes an invite to spring training.
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