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Richard Urena

Born: 02/26/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185
Primary Position: SS
Physical/Health
Lithe, narrow frame; wiry, lean strength in limbs
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 09/27/2016
Dates Seen 8/25-27
Affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA, Blue Jays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 Medium 50 40: Utility Infielder Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Switch-hitter, left-side only in looks; noisy, multi-stage hand load, high leg lift into stride, will get caught out on front foot; short swing path, plus bat speed; aggressive, all-fields hitter, contact-oriented approach, below-average contact quality, walks will be infrequent, some swing-and-miss
Power 30 Fringe raw to pull side, can generate some distance to middle of the field, limited carry; aggressive approach, will attempt to ambush early fastballs and sell out for power, quality of contact will limit power production; footspeed to stretch hits for extra bases
Baserunning/Speed 60 4.13 home-to-first from left side; gets out of the box on bunts; has not shown to be an active base-stealing threat
Glove 55 Versatile defender, demonstrates quality body control; capable charging balls, soft on the backhand; moderate range up-the-middle, will get handcuffed waiting on late hops
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength, accuracy from left side, velocity is just average, but throws hold their lines
Overall

A heralded J2 signing in 2012, Urena is a switch-hitting shortstop with above-average glove and arm tools and plus speed, though he tends to play below the tools offensively and on the bases. His offensive game is built on plus bat speed, but he shows an aggressive approach and produces inconsistent contact quality, which limits both the hit and power tools. And the speed plays more in the form of quickness; he'll bunt for base hits, but he has not shown base-stealing acumen, pushing the tool's utility down on the bases. He boasts a capable glove and arm at short, and that combination gives him projection as a big league-average shortstop, with a utility-infield floor if the bat stalls out.

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