Richard Ureña Castillo...Originally signed as an international free agent by the Blue Jays in 2012...Ranked 4th in Major League Baseball’s 2017 Top 30 Blue Jays prospects list, and 94th on the Top 100 MLB prospects list...Ranked as the Blue Jays’ 9th-best prospect by Baseball America entering 2018 (10th by MLB).
Appeared in 91 games for Triple-A Buffalo, hitting .272 with 24 doubles, one triple, nine homers, 49 RBI, 16 walks, two stolen bases and 41 runs scored...The 24 doubles were third-most on the team...On June 15 at Rochester, he went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI...It marked the first multi-home run game of his career...The five runs batted in were tied on the club for most RBI in a single game this season.
Claimed off waivers by the Orioles in January... Played in 11 Spring Training games for Baltimore, batting .143 with one home run... Spent the regular season working out at home in San Francisco De Macoris.
Made his first career Opening Day roster...Appeared in 30 games for the Blue Jays, hitting .243 (18-for-74)…Made five different stints with the big league club...Appeared in games at five different positions (SS, 2B, 3B, LF, P)…Made his first career pitching appearance on 8/20 at LAD (1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, HR, BB)…Matched his career-high six-game hitting streak (9/30/18-4/5/19)…Appeared in 98 games for Triple-A Buffalo, batting .274/.314/.393 (101-for-369)...Ranked tied for second on the Bison in triples (4), third in hits, and fourth in doubles (18).
Set career highs with 29 hits, 10 runs, six RBI and seven walks ... Batted .293 (29-for-99) across his 40 games with the Blue Jays, including a four doubles and a homer ... Among AL rookies with at least 100 PA, ranked 4th in AVG (.293) and 7th in OBP (.340) ... Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on May 4, May 8, July 20, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4 ... Homered in his only at-bat on May 16 at NYM, a three-run shot... Marked the 2nd home run of his career (also Sept. 8, 2017 vs. DET) and his 1st multi-RBI game ... Made his 1st career start at third base on Aug. 10 vs. TB, his first action there since 2014 while with the Class-A (short) Vancouver Canadians ... Stole a pair of bases for his 1st career multi-steal game on Sept. 28 at TB ... Had three multi-hit games and a pair of three-hit performances in his final eight games of the season while batting .423 (11-for-26) with a trio of walks for a .483 OBP.
Hit .247 over 129 games for Double-A New Hampshire with 36-2B (career high), 3-3B, 5-HR and 60-RBI ... Was called up with roster expansion on Sept. 1...Made his MLB debut that night in Baltimore, coming in as a replacement at shortstop in the 9th inning...Hit a 12th-inning double in his only at-bat, becoming the first Blue Jay to collect a hit in his first plate appearance since Moises Sierra singled on July 31, 2012 at SEA…He also became the first rookie with an XBH in his first PA since J.P. Arencibia's home run on Aug. 7, 2010 vs. TB ... Drew three walks in a game on Sept. 4 at BAL, the 16th Toronto rookie to do so ... Stole his 1st base in the 17th inning on Sept. 5 at BOS, his 3rd MLB game (zero steals in 129 games for New Hampshire in 2017) ... Hit his 1st career home run on Sept. 8 vs. DET...Marked the first HR by a Toronto rookie shortstop since Adeiny Hechavarria hit one on Aug. 28, 2012 at NYY ... Hit a walk-off single in the 9th inning on Sept. 12 vs. BAL to become the 25th Toronto rookie with a walk-off hit (last: Pillar on June 9, 2014 vs. MIN)…Went 3-for-5 for his 1st career three-hit game.
Was invited to Major League spring training on January 12...Later reassigned to minor league camp on March 12...He was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays to open the minor league season...Recorded his first career five-hit game on July 9 which gave him 91 hits on the season, raising his batting average to .292 and tying him with Scott Kingery for first place in the Florida State League...Promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Aug. 3, and had three hits in his debut that day...On Aug. 10, hit three triples against the Bowie Baysox, which set a Fisher Cats single-game record ...The Blue Jays added him to their 40-man roster following the season for Rule 5 draft protection.