After a month of uncertainty, Julio Urias has something concrete.
The 20-year-old prospect will make his season debut for Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday, according to Dave Roberts.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) April 6, 2017
One of the many 2017 Dodgers subplots is the management of Urias. The organization wants to keep his innings count between the 150-170 range, which prevented him from starting the season in Los Angeles. The Dodgers want Urias available for the postseason and elected to start him in the minors for the first month-plus of the season.
Urias made his MLB debut last season, but it was apparent early in the winter the Dodgers would be patient with him. It appears they’ll give him extended work in Triple-A.
When promoted, Urias will be a starter. If one of the current backend rotation arms struggles, the Dodgers have enough options to remain conservative with their prized prospect. Urias’ call-up would displace Brandon McCarthy or Hyun-Jin Ryu, though that’s a bridge to cross later.