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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
Pitcher
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 2019 season)
Win–loss record12–16
Earned run average5.85
Strikeouts103
Teams

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 Rookie-level DSL Rangers and spent the whole season there, going 6–0 with a 2.39 ERA in nine starts. In 2014 he played for the Rookie-level AZL Rangers , going 2–1 with a 1.63 ERA in ​38 23 innings pitched. Jurado spent 2015 with the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League, 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 of the Class A-Advanced California League and the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Texas League,[4] combining to go 8–6 and 3.66 ERA in 123 innings. He returned to Frisco in 2017, where he posted a 9–11 record and a 4.59 ERA over 157 innings.[5]

The Rangers added Jurado to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[6] Jurado returned to Frisco to open the 2018 season and posted a 5–3 record with a 3.28 ERA and 58 strikeouts in ​101 23 innings for them.

Jurado made his Major League debut on May 19, 2018,[7] at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched ​4 23 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 23 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 Nashville Sounds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League to open the season,[9] and went 3–0 with a 3.57 ERA over ​22 23 innings for them. With Texas in 2019, Jurado went 7–11 with a 5.81 ERA in ​122 13 innings.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gerry Fraley (January 10, 2016). "Rangers Top Prospects, No. 5: Ariel Jurado, a young pitcher with a rare trait". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Staff Reports (January 5, 2016). "Roundup: Ragsdale, Jurado earn 2015 Rangers honors". Hickory Daily Record. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Heriberto G. Concepción (January 20, 2016). "Jurado se pone al servicio de Panamá". La Prensa. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Frisco RoughRiders (July 22, 2016). "Pitcher Ariel Jurado promoted to RoughRiders". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ariel Jurado Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Gerry Fraley (November 20, 2017). "Texas Rangers: Pitchers in forefront as Rangers add to 40-man major-league roster". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Drew Davison (May 18, 2018). "Ariel Jurado, not Cole Hamels, will start for Rangers on Saturday". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Splits Leaderboards | FanGraphs
  9. ^ RotoWire Staff (March 20, 2019). "Rangers' Ariel Jurado: Sent to Triple-A". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  10. ^ RotoWire Staff (September 25, 2019). "Rangers' Ariel Jurado: Slapped with 11th loss". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 4, 2019.

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