Nearly some three years after the Los Angeles Dodgers paid a visit to Mexico, the scouting trip has all the makings of becoming one of the more successful hauls in the club’s history. By now it’s known Yasiel Puig was the purpose of the trip and Julio Urias became an added bonus.
Coming off a strong season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and at the tender age of 18 years old, Urias is in his first big league camp with the Dodgers. He’s reiterated his goal of reaching the Majors in 2015, though manager Don Mattingly continues to indicate it isn’t a likely scenario for fear of placing too much pressure on the young left-hander.
That’s not to suggest Urias isn’t already under a microscope as he’s drawn countless comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela. Urias’ legend grew after he completed his first bullpen session of the spring to rave reviews from A.J. Ellis. Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is on record as saying he’ll be watching Urias this spring, and Sandy Koufax recently spoke highly of the young lefty.
Urias’ talent was again on display took the mound for live batting practice Sunday to face O’Koyea Dickson, Alex Guerrero, Chris Heisey and Joc Pederson.