Henry Urrutia

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Henry Urrutia
Henry Urrutia on September 7, 2013.jpg
Urrutia with the Baltimore Orioles
Toros de Tijuana – No. 51
Designated hitter / Left fielder
Born: (1987-02-13) February 13, 1987 (age 32)
Las Tunas, Cuba
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 2013, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average.272
Home runs1
Runs batted in8

Henry Alexander Urrutia Rodríguez (/ʊəˈrtiə/ oo-ROO-tee-ə; born February 13, 1987) is a Cuban professional baseball designated hitter and left fielder for the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles.

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]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

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.

On August 19, 2015, Urrutia hit his first career home run off of New York Mets pitcher Carlos Torres. It was also his first career walk-off hit. Urrutia was released by the Orioles organization on May 25, 2017.[9]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On June 14, 2017, Urrutia signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Diablos Rojos del México[edit]

On January 29, 2018, Urrutia signed with the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican Baseball League.[10]

Guerreros de Oaxaca[edit]

On August 16, 2018, Urrutia was traded to the Guerreros de Oaxaca of the Mexican Baseball League. He became a free agent following the season.

Toros de Tijuana[edit]

On February 19, 2019, Urrutia signed with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League.[11]


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 to Suse Urrutia with one son.

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. Archived from the original on April 10, 2013. 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 May 22, 2013. 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 October 14, 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 October 14, 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 October 14, 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.
  9. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 25, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 5/25/17". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "El outfield cubano Henry Urrutia, tercer importado escarlata" (in Spanish). Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Toros suma experiencia de Henry Urrutia" (in Spanish). February 19, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

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