Jose Urena split time between Triple-A and the majors in 2016, as he was sent down and recalled by the Marlins on multiple occasions. While Urena made 12 starts and 28 overall appearances for Miami, his performance in the big leagues this season was relatively unspectacular. The 25-year-old earned a 6.13 ERA and 4.72 FIP in 83.2 innings of work. His struggles resulted in part from his inability consistently generate strikeouts, resulting in a disappointing 6.2 K/9 rate. The Miami right-hander also had fairly extreme splits, as righties slashed .236/.320/.405 off him while lefties were able to slash .298/.359/.506 in 2016. Urena is still young at 25 years old, so there is certainly still a chance that he will improve upon his first couple of stints in the big leagues. Urena likely won't be in the Marlins' rotation to start the season, but he has a good chance to be a spot-starter and the first guy asked to fill in if one of Miami's starters goes down with an injury.
Urena got the start in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals and tossed four shutout innings, scattering three hits while striking out five. It was his best performance of the spring, although it came against a Washington split-squad lineup consisting of bench players and minor leaguers, and Urena's timing couldn't have been better as the Marlins continue to look for a fifth starter. Adam Conley, his main competition for the job, also had a strong outing Friday, but Urena has posted better numbers this spring. Even if the 25-year-old righty wins the job, though, his fantasy value would be limited to deep NL-only formats until he begins to produce during the regular season.
Urena held the Mets off the scoreboard during Sunday's split-squad game despite giving up four hits and four walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out four. The back of the Marlins' rotation is still unsettled, but Urena really hasn't done much to show he deserves to win a spot in it, putting up a 7.20 ERA and 2.00 WHIP through 10 spring innings. The fact that he's out of minor league options might secure Urena a spot on the Opening Day roster, but don't expect him to have a role on the staff that will provide much fantasy value.
Urena allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four in two scoreless innings during Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. He's probably ticketed for long relief to begin the season, and the Marlins are still hoping the 25-year-old will begin producing in the majors the way he did in the minors. Urena's draft-day fantasy value will be limited, but he could work his way into a useful role as the year progresses.
Urena got the start in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, allowing two runs in one inning of work on a walk and a two-run home run by Byung Ho Park. He had trouble keeping the ball in the yard last year, so this wasn't the most encouraging start to Urena's spring. The 25-year-old is out of minor league options and almost assured of a spot on the Marlins 25-man roster for Opening Day, but barring a dramatic improvement in his numbers, he'll likely fill a long relief or mop-up role this season that carries very little fantasy value.
Urena could begin the season in the Marlins' bullpen due to the fact that he's out of options, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. The front office restocked the pitching staff in the offseason, bringing in a number of veteran arms to fill up both the rotation and bullpen, but Urena could still hang onto a spot on the 25-man roster as the Marlins would have to risk losing him to waivers to send him back to Triple-A. The 25-year-old has yet to show much at the major league level, but he still flashes a big fastball and given how little big-league ready talent the organization has in the minors, they can ill afford to lose a talented arm for nothing.