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José Luis Urquidy (born May 1, 1995) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Urquidy signed with the Astros as an international free agent in 2015 under the name of Jose Luis Hernandez, and was known as such until before the start of the 2019 season. He made his major league debut in July 2019.

José Urquidy
Houston Astros – No. 65
Pitcher
Born: (1995-05-01) May 1, 1995 (age 24)
Mazatlán,Sinaloa Mexico
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 2, 2019, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record2–1
Earned run average3.95
Strikeouts40
Teams

CareerEdit

Urquidy signed with the Houston Astros as an international free agent in March 2015.[1] He made his professional debut that same year, and spent his first professional season with both the Greeneville Astros and Tri-City ValleyCats, pitching to a combined 2-1 record and 3.35 ERA in ​37 23 innings. He pitched 2016 with the Quad Cities River Bandits and Lancaster JetHawks, posting a 6-5 record and 2.94 ERA in 24 games (21 starts).

Urquidy missed 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery.[2] He returned in 2018 and pitched for Tri-City and the Buies Creek Astros, going 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 13 games (11 starts). He started 2019 with the Corpus Christi Hooks before being promoted to the Round Rock Express.[3]

On July 2, 2019, the Astros promoted him to the major leagues.[4] He made his debut that night in a start versus the Colorado Rockies, pitching ​3 23 innings.[5] In 2019 he was 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA, as in 9 games (7 starts) he pitched 41.0 innings.[6]

On October 26, 2019 in Game 4 vs. the Washington Nationals, Urquidy started for the Houston Astros making him just the third Mexican born World Series starting pitcher. He threw 5 innings, giving up 2 hits while striking out 4. With the Astros winning the game, Urquidy became the second Mexican-born pitcher to win a World Series game after Fernando Valenzuela.

Personal lifeEdit

Prior to changing his last name before the 2019 season, he went by José Luis Hernández.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chandler Rome (2019-05-23). "Jose Urquidy Takes A Giant Step Forward". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  2. ^ "José Luis Hernández Urquidy se codea con los grandes del beisbol – Ríodoce". Riodoce.mx. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  3. ^ "JosĂŠ Luis HernĂĄndez Urquidy, a un paso de las Mayores". Noroeste. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  4. ^ Chandler Rome (July 1, 2019). "Astros to promote Jose Urquidy for first major league start Tuesday". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  5. ^ RotoWire Staff (July 2, 2019). "Astros' Jose Urquidy: Short start in debut". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Jose Urquidy Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  7. ^ Jake Kaplan (July 1, 2019). "Their rotation depth tested again, the Astros turn to Jose Urquidy". The Athletic. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Chandler Rome (May 23, 2019). "Jose Urquidy Takes A Giant Step Forward". Baseball America. Retrieved July 1, 2019.

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