Among the intriguing storylines that are part of Spring Training for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year, 18-year-old Julio Urias being in his first big-league camp ranks near, if not at the top.
While the Dodgers have been careful in their handling of Urias by holding him to inning restrictions, he hasn’t necessarily received the same treatment in camp. He threw his first bullpen session last week and was throwing again on the Dodgers’ first day of full-squad workouts.
Although Urias had already gotten his feet wet in last weekend’s session, Thursday’s carried its own significance as Sandy Koufax was on hand to watch the young left-hander, among other pitchers. Koufax can faintly been seen standing against the green fencing on the left in the clip below of Urias pitching, courtesy of Dodger Insider on Vine:
Koufax had high praise for Urias, who is hopeful to reach the Majors this season — something that doesn’t appear likely given manager Don Mattingly’s recent comments. There are of course other players on hand at Spring Training, a total of 62 to be exact, with Friday’s reported signing of center fielder Travis Witherspoon.
Among them are Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner, who had some fun fielding grounders during Friday’s workout; video courtesy of the Dodgers’ Twitter account:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 27, 2015