Dodger fans have been clamoring for the day that top pitching prospect Julio Urias makes his major league debut. Some pundits believe the pitching prodigy is better served spending more time in the minors, as he is only 19 years old. Last week, rumors surfaced that it was being discussed within the organization to call up Urias to bolster the Dodger bullpen.
But now critics of the potential call-up are seeing Urias put even more pressure on the organization to make the move after his recent dominance in AAA Oklahoma City. The teenager has now put together 22 consecutive scoreless innings against quality competition.
Julio Urias' final line tonight: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. His scoreless streak extends to 22 innings. Faced 1 over minimum through 6.
— OKC Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) May 15, 2016
Julio Urias went another 6 scoreless IP for OKC #Dodgers tonight. Only faced 19 batters. 3 hits/2 walks but 2 pickoffs, 2 DPs
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 15, 2016
The Dodgers bullpen, however, has been flawless since May 7th. Dodger relievers haven’t given up a single run since May 7th to lead the majors with a 0.00 ERA. If the bullpen stays in cruise control, it may be hard to justify the risk of bringing up Urias too early.
Dodger bullpen is now at 16 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 14, 2016
Whether it be now or later, the fact of the matter remains: The Los Angeles Dodgers have an ace in the hole.