Henry Urrutia

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Urrutia and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.
Henry Urrutia
Henry Urrutia on September 7, 2013.jpg
Urrutia with the Orioles in a game in September 2013
Baltimore Orioles – No. 51
Outfielder / Designated hitter
Born: (1987-02-13) February 13, 1987 (age 27)
Las Tunas, Cuba
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 2013 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .276
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 2

Henry Alexander Urrutia Rodríguez ((/ˈrtʌ/ oo-ROO-tee-u), born February 13, 1987) is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.

Professional career[edit]

Urrutia played in the Cuban National Series for Las Tunas. He debuted in the 2005-06 Cuban National Series, and played through 2009-10.[1]

Urrutia attempted to defect from Cuba in 2010. After the failed attempt, he was suspended. He successfully defected to Haiti in September 2011.[2] Urrutia signed with the Baltimore Orioles, receiving a $778,500 signing bonus.[3]

After having trouble acquiring a visa,[4] Urrutia reported to the Bowie Baysox of the Double-A Eastern League in April 2013.[5] After playing 52 games for Bowie, the Orioles promoted him to the Norfolk Tides of the Triple-A International League on June 28.[6] After playing in 15 games for Norfolk, the Orioles promoted Urrutia to the major leagues on July 19.[7] Urrutia was optioned back on Norfolk on August 17. He was recalled on September 3. He was placed on the restricted list on September 13 when the Orioles travelled to Toronto due to visa issues,[8] and re-activated on September 16.


Urrutia is the son of Ermidelio Urrutia and a cousin of Osmani Urrutia. Both his father and cousin are Cuban outfielders.[1] He is currently married with no children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Orioles Sign Cuban Outfielder Henry Urrutia" (Press release). MLB.com. July 24, 2012. Archived from the original on April 30, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dubroff, Rich (March 13, 2013). "Urrutia set to make impact with Orioles". Carroll County Times. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cuban outfielder Urrutia has sights set on big leagues". Baltimore Orioles. MLB.com. March 6, 2013. Archived from the original on April 30, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Omar Luis (December 20, 2012). "Henry Urrutia Having Visa Trouble With Haitian Documents". Baseball America Prospects Blog. Baseball America. Archived from the original on October 18, 2000. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kubatko, Roch (April 18, 2013). "Latest on S. Johnson, Wada, Roberts and Urrutia". School of Roch. Masnsports.com. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gallen, Daniel (June 27, 2013). "Henry Urrutia promoted to Triple-A Norfolk". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Encina, Eduardo A. (July 18, 2013). "Orioles' Henry Urrutia and Danny Valencia expected to be called up this weekend". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on July 22, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Encina, Eduardo A. (September 13, 2013). "Dan Johnson called up and Steve Clevenger gets first start with Orioles". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 

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