Outside Of The Box: Jose Urena

Outside the box is a daily article that is simple, fresh, and innovative. Here, we will be walking throw away pitchers to the pedestal for a quick examination of their skills.

On The Pedestal: Jose Urena

Current ADP: 651

Brief Examination: Between 2017 and 2018 Jose Urena pitched for a combined 343.2 innings with a 3.90 ERA and 4.68 FIP. Struggling with injuries halted his success leading to 108 innings with a 5.25 ERA in the last two seasons.

Urena signed with the Tigers in the offseason and will settle in as the fourth starter to start the year. Now the Tigers have said they will roll with a six-man rotation. My concern is what happens when they want to call up Matt Manning? Does Urena go or does Michael Fulmer go?

Urena has three primary pitches, a sinker, slider, and four-seam. The four-seam and sinker exemplify a seam-shifted wake making the sinker a quality pitch. To add on, it also has great vertical movement to it. The problem with Urena is the slider, he lives in the zone with it way too much. In the past few seasons, it has had a zone rate of 47.1% or higher. This means he doesn’t have a true chase outside of the zone type pitch.

Interesting Stat: Jose Urena’s contact rate has decreased every year since 2017 from 81.9% to now 76.1%. At the same time, his SwStr% has also increased from 10.4% to 11.3%.

Role: If I were a betting man I would think Urena pitches 150 innings making him an interesting late-round dart throw in DC leagues. Otherwise, leave him on the wire.

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