Julio Urias: Next Big Thing?
Not many 17-year old’s can say they already have played full-season baseball, but Julio Urias is an exception. Urias made 18 starts in the Dodgers Class-A affiliate in Great Lakes for the Midwest League pitching 54.1 innings giving up 44 hits while striking out 67, not too bad for a teenager. The Dodgers had the lefty pitch only two to four innings a start to protect his arm.
Baseball analysts are amazed that Urias can come into pro baseball before he is 18 and do as well as he had. Jared Massey of Scout.com said “His stuff is already good considering his age and should get better as he develops. Already touching 92 with his fastball, he sits in the high 80s and can cut it. His changeup is a future 6 or 7 pitch according to scouts, while his breaking ball is his third best offering right now. He commands his fastball well for his age and shows good feel for pitching” but he expressed low confidence considering his age and the potential for injury on his arm. Keith Law of ESPN.com also ranked Urias as the 14th best prospect in all of baseball, and he is only 17.
In 2014 I would expect Urias to stick at Class-A the entire season with the potential to move up the next season. I think the Dodgers want to protect him as much as they can and see if he is a legitimate young prospect that could make an impact on the Dodgers.
138 strike outs.
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