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José Urquidy, starting pitcher for the Astros against the Nationals

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The Mazatlan-born pitcher, José Urquidy, was chosen to start the game against the Washington Nationals during the Spring Training 2024.

With the Mexican baseball players making their mark in Major League Baseball during the Spring Training leading up to the 2024 Season, pitcher José Urquidy, hailing from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, was officially announced as the starter for the Houston Astros in their game against the Washington Nationals.

This marked Urquidy’s first appearance in the Astros’ preseason lineup, an opportunity granted by Houston’s current manager, Joe Espada, aiming to showcase his potential before the regular season kicks off.

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Photo via @joselurquidy on Instagram

Jose Urquidy has his sights set on being part of the rotation

The Mazatlan native had a challenging 2023 season marred by multiple injuries, which hindered his performances and kept his potential from shining through. In 2024, the pitcher resumed his quest to secure a significant role within the Texan organization.

The Spring Training leading up to the start of this year’s season brought José Urquidy a fresh opportunity to join the star players in the rotation for the Houston Astros.

Urquidy is fully recovered from the injuries he suffered last season, even becoming one of the recurring relievers for Houston during the playoffs—a role he could also play before the start of the official Major League activities in 2024.

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Photo via @joselurquidy on Instagram

It will be of utmost importance for him to stay in good shape to achieve his goal

As the start of the season draws nearer, Urquidy declares that he knows his position well and feels strong. He also states that he’s available for whatever manager Joe Espada needs, as they’ve known each other since 2019 and have excellent communication.

Since the mentioned year, José Urquidy has delivered strong performances as a starting pitcher during important games. The experience he has gained over the years has helped him mature professionally, always striving to give his best.

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Urquidy is one of the Mexican baseball players who has stood out the most in Major League Baseball.

Hailing from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, he has become one of the most consistent baseball players in MLB. The Mexican has already made a name for himself in American soil thanks to his talent as a pitcher.

Among his statistics, he has made 79 appearances with a record of 27 wins and 16 losses, averaging a 3.98 ERA. He has a total of 405 innings pitched and 326 strikeouts, statistics he aims to improve by continuing to train and take care of his physical condition in order to see a full season this year.

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Photo via @joselurquidy on Instagram

José Urquidy has a very clear goal of reaching 200 innings pitched during a single season, and moreover, he is already very close to reaching a total of 100 games played in the Major Leagues.

At the moment, José isn’t sure if he’ll be part of the Houston Astros’ rotation, as the official announcement of the pitchers who will be part of this lineup will be made in the coming days. Among other names, it’s also expected that Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier, and Hunter Brown will be included.

Urquidy reached an agreement with the Houston Astros to avoid salary arbitration, renewing with the team for another year at $3.75 million. Finally, the pitcher will continue his preparation to be ready for the start of activities as part of the main rotation.

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Photo via @joselurquidy on Instagram

With information from MLB and El Sol de Mazatlán.

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