Jose Urena
Jose Urena
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Miami Marlins
60-Day IL
Injury Back
Est. Return 8/13/2019
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
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$Signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Marlins in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Dealing with herniated disc
PMiami Marlins
June 14, 2019
Urena is dealing with a herniated disc in his lower back, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Urena's injury had been called simply lower-back tightness when he landed on the injured list Wednesday, but an MRI that day revealed a more significant injury. He's been placed on the 60-day injured list and won't return until mid-August at the earliest.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .260 896 123 72 209 41 4 32
Since 2017vs Right .239 862 171 66 183 33 3 23
2019vs Left .312 153 21 11 44 11 0 6
2019vs Right .268 169 30 12 41 10 0 4
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 4.01 1.36 222.0 9 19 0 6.4 2.6 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.08 1.17 196.1 18 7 0 6.2 3.3 1.2
2019Home 6.14 1.69 36.2 1 5 0 6.1 2.0 1.5
2019Away 3.32 1.21 38.0 3 2 0 6.2 3.6 0.9
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 40 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in 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.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
95.7 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
91.2 mph
Spin Rate
2111 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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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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Shifts to 60-day IL
PMiami Marlins
June 14, 2019
Urena (back) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Officially lands on IL
PMiami Marlins
June 12, 2019
Urena (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Dealing with lower-back tightness
PMiami Marlins
June 11, 2019
Urena will be placed on the 10-day injured list with lower-back tightness Wednesday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
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Heading to injured list
PMiami Marlins
June 11, 2019
Urena will be placed on the 10-day injured list with an undisclosed injury Wednesday, Joe Frisaro of reports.
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Lit up by Atlanta
PMiami Marlins
June 7, 2019
Urena (4-7) allowed six runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out two over three-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Braves.
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