Jose Urena Celebrity Life
Jose Urena is a Dominican professional baseball player, currently signed with Miami Marlins in the Major League Baseball (MLB).
Jose Urena grew up in the Dominican Republic and stayed there up until he started playing in Major League Baseball. Even as a child, Urena showed great interest in baseball and showed a talent for becoming a pitcher. He has mentioned time and again in his interviews that playing in the NBA was his goal as a child.
Minor League Career
Urena got his big break with the Marlins when he was signed on the 28th of August, 2009 at just18 years of age. He started his career while playing for Dominican Summer League Marlins, and continued playing with them for two seasons continuously.
He then moved to the Short Season Single-A in the 2011 season with the Jamestown Jammers, where he had 15 starts, with a 4.33 ERA.
His performance allowed him to advance to the full season Single-A in the 2012 season, where he played for the Greensboro Grasshoppers. He kept going one step higher with every season and reaching closer towards his goal of playing in the NBA. For the 2013 season, he moved to the high Single-A playing for the Jupiter Hammerheads. He was pitching at 149.2 innings with a 3.73 ERA. He continued playing for the Greensboro Grasshoppers in the 2014 season, reaching a record of 13-8, Pitching 162 innings with an ERA of 3.33 and 121 strikeouts.
For the 2015 season, Urena moved to the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, with the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Major League Career
Urena’s dream came true when he was called up to the major league for the remainder of the 2015 season, as a replacement for David Phelps for the Miami marlins. He made his debut in the MLB on the 26th of May, 2015.
However, he failed to show his best and gave up 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings lead. ng to a 5-1 loss for his team. In the 20 games he played for the Marlins in 2015, he had a 1-5 record, with an ERA of 5.25. A similar form continued throughout 2016, where he finished the year with 12 starts in 28 games, a 4-9 record and an ERA of 6.13.
Urena’s form showed improvement in the 2017 season, with 28 starts in 34 games, a 14-7 record and an ERA of 3.82. He also hit 14 batsmen with pitches, the highest for that season.
For the 2018 season, Urena was named as an opening day starter for the first time. However, 16 games through the season, Urena was hit with injury woes, after injuring his shoulder. However, he did not allow the injury woes to get to him, ending the season with an ERA of 1.80 and a record of 6-0 in his last 7 starts.
After posting a par 4.00 ERA in both the 2017 and 2018 season of MLB, Urena became the sixth starting pitcher in the history of Marlins to do so, placing him with legends such as Josh Johnson and Kevin Brown.
In the 2019 season, Urena was again selected for an opening day start. This marked him as only the eighth pitcher in the history of Marlins, to have started on an opening day in consecutive seasons. His form remained good throughout the initial stages of the season, with an ERA of 2.95, and a record of 4-3.
However, his injury woes came back to haunt him the mid-2019 season, and he was placed on the injured list due to a herniated disk in his lower back. However, he recovered from his injury and came back strongly in the last starts of the season, maintaining a sub 4.00 ERA.
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