Richard Ureña was raised in the northern region of the Dominican Republic in San Francisco de Macoris, he was scouted by notable trainer Decarte Corporan and was taken to his installation in San Pedro de Macoris (which is in the eastern region). He began the DPL season in November 2011 and immediately placed himself on the map as one the best infielders on the island. Richard took part in the PG National showcase in May 2012 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 a gap to gap hitter with power projection. He was selected to the 2012 DPL All-Star Game and the DPL Elite Travel team.
At the start of the 2012 international signing period, the Blue Jays signed a Venezuelan shortstop named Franklin Barreto, ranked No. 2 in the class by MLB.com. A day later, they inked Urena from the Dominican Prospect League ranked No. 9 over all in the class.
Urena isn’t quite as advanced as Barreto and has stayed a step behind him in the Minor Leagues. But, in the long run, he’s the better bet to stay at shortstop thanks to his soft hands and good footwork. He has good range and a strong enough arm to make all the throws required of a shortstop with ease. While he stands out for his defense, Urena has a chance to hit as well. He’s more patient at the plate than most young hitters and has a natural feel for hitting. His swing is geared toward hitting line drives and he has below-average power.
He is presently in the Rookie level Appalachian League with Bluefield BlueJays. In 158-AB Ureña has posted a .335-Avg, 15-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 5-SB with an OPS .841