NAME:  Julio Urias

POSITION: Pitcher

HEIGHT: 5-11

WEIGHT: 160 LBS

SEASON IN REVIEW

The Dodgers’ minor league organization has a lot of good young players, but none are as promising as young 17 year old left handed pitcher, Julio Urias from Mexico. Urias finished the season as the Dodgers’ number four overall prospect in the organization and spent the whole year playing for the Great Lake Loons, the Dodger Low-A affiliate.

This season the Dodgers were cautious with Urias, only allowing him to pitch two or three innings max in order to allow his arm to mature and get used to throwing at the minor league level. He pitched a total of 54.1 innings this season, finishing with a record of 2-0. His ERA was 2.48, only allowing 15 earned runs all season. He struck out 67 batters while only allowing 16 walks and allowed opposing hitters to hit just .227

FUTURE GOING FORWARD

There’s no question the sky is the limit for Urias as the 17-year old has electric stuff. Obviously the Urias project is going to take some time since he’s young, but it sure is worth the wait. He’ll most likely find himself in High-A ball once spring training starts and hopefully gets some extended innings and the Dodgers increase his workload.

I would imagine that Urias will be play High-A next season to start things, but if his stuff is as sharp as it was last season, he should finish the season with the Double-A Chatanooga Lookouts.

I think the Dodgers will be expecting big things for Urias in the future. They obviously need to develop him and make sure he’s mature and strong enough to compete at the high level they want him too. There are also potential trade rumors in the off-season as the Dodgers could be making a play for Rays starter David Price and Urias would likely be included. However, developing Urias is the Dodgers best move as he’ll be ready to make the jump to the big leagues in the near future.

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About The Author

J.J. earned his degree in Sports Media from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2014. He played baseball collegiately for four years and is now a staff writer for Dodgers Nation. J.J. is a fan of everything L.A. except for the Clippers and UCLA. Follow him on Twitter @JJBACCARI

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