Richard Ureña was raised in the northern portion of the Dominican Republic in San Francisco de Macoris, he was scouted by notable trainer Corporan Decarte and was taken to his installation in San Pedro de Macoris (which is in the eastern region). He began the DPL season in November and immediately placed himself on the map as one the best infielders on the island. Richard took part in the PG National showcase this May where he ran 6.9, showed superb defensive skills and 92-mph arm strength across the diamond. Ureña has a good approach and fluid left handed swing, he’s presently a gap to gap hitter with power projection. He was selected to the 2012 DPL All-Star Game and the DPL Elite Travel team. The Toronto Blue Jays were said to be tied to a hand full of big name players in this years class. After evaluating him throughout the season they decided to make Ureña part of their long term plans.
Congratulations to the Blue Jays, Corporan Decarte and the Ureña family.
IF Richard Ureña – PERFECT GAME REPORT
6-0/170, L/R, 1/26/96, San Francisco de Macoris, DR
Trainer: Corporan Decarte
PG Grade: 10
Ureña is a nice combination for scouts, a left handed hitting middle infielder with some polish to his bat and all the tools to stay at shortstop for a long time. He’s a 6.8 runner, and while he may not be a big base stealer at the upper levels, his speed will turn plenty of singles into doubles and doubles into triples. Ureña is the most patient hitter of the DPL hitters and has the best bat control. Most of his hard contact comes up the middle and to the left side, but it wasn’t soft contact, as he drove one ball over the left fielder’s head against a very good Yankees minor league pitcher and consistently drove the ball to the left centerfield gap. He had another at-bat against a Red Sox minor leaguer where he fouled off four straight 2-2 pitches, then took two additional pitches just off the plate to draw the walk.
At shortstop, Ureña doesn’t lack for either flash or tools. He throws from a quick side arm release but consistently registered 85-88 mph on the gun without really letting the ball go. He showed outstanding range up the middle on a couple of plays. If there is any fault to his defensive game it’s that he’ll get a bit casual and flashy on routine plays and his hands will swipe at the ball instead of taking it in. But all the tools are there to be a top flight big league shortstop.