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Jose Urquidy

José Luis Hernández Urquidy was born on May 1, 1995, he is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Urquidy signed with the Astros as an international free agent in 2015 under the name of Jose Luis Hernandez and was known as such until the start of the 2019 season. He made his MLB debut in 2019.

On July 2, 2019, the Astros promoted him to the major leagues. He made his debut that night in a start versus the Colorado Rockies, pitching 3+2⁄3 innings. In 2019, he was 2–1 with a 3.95 ERA, as in nine games (seven starts) he pitched 41 innings.

In Game 4 of the 2019 World Series vs. the Washington Nationals, Urquidy started for the Houston Astros making him just the third Mexican-born World Series starting pitcher.

He threw five innings, giving up two hits while striking out four. With the Astros winning the game, Urquidy became the second Mexican-born pitcher to win a World Series game after Fernando Valenzuela. In 2020, he was 1–1 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts covering 29+2⁄3 innings.

In 2021, Urquidy was 8–3 with a 3.62 ERA in 20 starts covering 107 innings. In the postseason, he started Game 3 of the ALCS versus the Boston Red Sox, and Game 2 of the World Series; although he had a shaky start in the former (lasting less than three innings), he bounced back well in the latter, throwing five innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts as the Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves, 7–2.

With the win, Urquidy became the first Mexican-born pitcher to earn multiple World Series wins. He then pitched in relief in Game 5, earning the win in one inning of scoreless ball, making him the winningest internationally born player in World Series history.