There’s just one day before September is here and teams can expand their roster to 40 players.
While most teams won’t expand quite that far, it’s a time for fringe players and top prospects to come up and get a taste of the big leagues. Teams out of playoff contention can use the time to get an extended look at their prospects, but teams in playoff contention use the roster expansion strategically. For the Dodgers, they decided to take that an extra step, creating a speed camp that was intended to have designated baserunners for the team to use when needed; however, it doesn’t appear they will use it this season.
The Dodgers are expected to call up the usual suspects: a backup catcher, some bullpen relief and at least a couple extra position players. It’s just that the names that they could call up have garnered attention because of their status as some of the top prospects in the game. Corey Seager and Julio Urias have been mentioned as possibilities when rosters expand.
On Monday, one of those players took another step towards that possibility when the Dodgers promoted Urias to Triple-A. The left-hander will start on Monday against the Iowa Cubs.
Urias spent the year in Double-A and made 13 starts, accumulating a 3-4 record with a 2.77 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 68.1 innings. He is the fourth-ranked prospect by MLB.com and will become the youngest player in Triple-A at 19 years old.
Manager Don Mattingly didn’t say if the Dodgers were planning to call up the teenager, but he did say that it wouldn’t be right away. He said Urias could come up with a second wave of prospects.
Even if he doesn’t come up this year, the young left-hander has taken the next step in his development.