Jose Urena is one of many flame-throwing pitchers in the Miami Marlins farm system. Urena signed with the Marlins in 2008 when he signed as a 15-year-old. He has quickly turned heads with scouts has he improved his game in the South Atlantic League this season. Urena is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the Marlins organization by MLB.com, 11th by Baseball America and 13th by Baseball Prospectus.
In his first season in the South Atlantic League, Urena impressed everyone by cutting down his walks per nine innings numbers in half while striking out nearly two more batters per nine innings. He had a 9-6 record with a 3.38 ERA in 22 starts. Urena also managed to record two saves while striking out a total of 101 batters. His opponents average against him was .266.
In 2011, Urena had an ERA of 4.33 in 15 games and only struck out 48 batters. It was not a particularly great season after tearing up the Dominican Summer League the year before.
Urena still has a lot of work before he gets to the major league level but is still only 20-years-old going on 21.
Scouts say that his fastball can reach to up to the mid-90s and can throw a slider and a changeup at times but those pitches still need some work.
The Greensboro Grasshoppers won the Northern Division in the first-half of South Atlantic League play. The Grasshoppers are currently in the middle of the South Atlantic League finals against the Asheville Tourists.
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