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Ariel Bolívar Jurado Agrazal (born January 30, 1996) is a Panamanian professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Ariel Jurado
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Jurado with the Frisco RoughRiders at the Texas League All-Star Game in 2017
Texas Rangers – No. 57
Born: (1996-01-30) January 30, 1996 (age 23)
Aguadulce, Panama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 19, 2018, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through July 20, 2019)
Win–loss record10–11
Earned run average5.34

Professional careerEdit

Jurado signed with the Texas Rangers as an international free agent in December 2012.[1] He made his professional debut in 2013 with the Dominican Summer League Rangers and spent the whole season there, going 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA in nine starts. In 2014, he pitched for the Arizona League Rangers where he was 2–1 with a 1.63 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched. Jurado spent 2015 with the Hickory Crawdads and was named the Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the Rangers after going 12–1 with a 2.45 earned run average (ERA) with 95 strikeouts and only 12 walks in 99 innings.[2][3] In 2016, he pitched with both the High Desert Mavericks and the Frisco RoughRiders[4] where he compiled a combined 8-6 record and 3.66 ERA in 24 games (22 starts), and in 2017, he played with Frisco where he posted a 9-11 record and a 4.59 ERA in 27 starts.[5]

The Rangers added Jurado to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[6]

Jurado returned to the Frisco RoughRiders to start the 2018 season and posted a 5–3 record with a 3.28 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 101.2 innings.

Jurado made his Major League debut on May 19, 2018,[7] at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched 4.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts, earning the loss as the White Sox defeated the Rangers 5–3. He finished his rookie season after going 5–5 with a 5.93 ERA in 54.2 innings for the Rangers. Left-handed batters had a higher batting average against him, .365 (in 20 or more innings), than against all other MLB pitchers.[8]

In 2019, Jurado was optioned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to open the season.[9]


  1. ^ "Texas Rangers: Rangers Top Prospects, No. 5: Ariel Jurado, a young pitcher with a rare trait". SportsDay. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Roundup: Ragsdale, Jurado earn 2015 Rangers honors". HDR – Hickory Daily Record. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jurado se pone al servicio de Panamá". La Prensa. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Pitcher Ariel Jurado promoted to RoughRiders". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ariel Jurado Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Texas Rangers: Pitchers in forefront as Rangers add to 40-man major-league roster | SportsDay". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ariel Jurado, not Cole Hamels, will start for Rangers on Saturday".
  8. ^ Splits Leaderboards | FanGraphs
  9. ^ "Rangers' Ariel Jurado: Sent to Triple-A". March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.

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