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Richard Urena

Born: 02/26/1996 (Age: 21)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185
Primary Position: SS
Physical/Health
Skinny, projectable build, should fill out more and add strength as he gets older, can add mass without compromising above-average athleticism
Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 06/08/2017
Dates Seen 3x May-June 2017
Affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA, Blue Jays)
Makeup

Likes to have fun on the field, but loses focus at times, even when he's making a play. Sometimes relies too much on raw skills and doesn't concentrate as much as he should, some lingering immaturity.

MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 60 50: Major League Regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Only saw as a LHH; loose hands at setup, mild but exaggerated load; average bat speed, could gain more as he adds strength; easy athletic swing, balanced finish, plus barrel control, sprays balls with ease, all fields approach, potential plus plate coverage; keeps weight back, able to drive any pitch; swing can get too loose, struggles turning on pitches on the inner half; will be a tough strikeout, above-average plate discipline, projects plus hit tool with maturity
Power 45 Projection to average raw, flashes oppo pop, potential plus gap power with doubles production, projects fringe-average game utility at maturity
Baserunning/Speed 55 Timed 4:15 from left side, athletic, can take the extra base; double-digit steal potential, lacks burst
Glove 50 Flashes above-average glove skills, loses focus frequently, too loose in his movements, game speed can suffer; needs to tighten up defensive mechanics, has natural skills to grow into the position, might have to move off SS, physicality to project above-average potential at second or third
Arm 60 Will show plus arm strength, especially on the turn; enough velo to make throws on the move, doesn't use much effort, made deep throws with relative ease
Overall

Still young at Double A, Urena has the tools to be a plus hitter at the next level. His athletic, easy stroke makes him a threat to square up any pitch, though a lack of raw strength means more doubles than homers down the line. He has the tools to develop into an above-average defender at short, but maintaining focus will be the key for him to improve and stick at the position long-term. There’s some risk considering that his game needs refinement and maturation, but his pure tools projects a first-division ceiling, with a more likely projection to average regular utility on the dirt.

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