Thus far, Julio Urias has shown himself ready to be a part of one of the deepest rotations in the game. Urias has made two starts – and both of those games the Dodgers have won. While you don’t throw out the start at Coors Field – Urias showed the guile of a veteran. Without his best stuff, he still showed the spirit to compete and give the Dodgers enough to win the game on Sunday Night Baseball.

However, Urias has experience out of the bullpen and is working himself back from a serious surgery still. Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman joined MLB Network to talk about how he sees Urias’ usage.

When asked, Friedman made a very interesting comparison.

“We want to put him in the position to take down as much workload as he possibly can this year, so that next year in 2020, he can kind of be in a position like Walker Buehler was last year.”

First, it’s nice to see that Friedman wants to get Urias some major work in 2019. Furthermore – if you’re simply judging it on comment – the president of baseball operations sees Urias as a similar talent to Buehler.

It sounds a little bit like the ripple effect of this comment could mean Urias won’t spend the entire year as a starter. Surely, as Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw get healthy; Urias could be tapped to work out of the bullpen. Still, he’s thrown well enough to make a case to remain in the pen for the long haul.

The Dodgers could always move Urias to the bullpen after ‘X’ number of starts. From there, his innings and appearances could be managed in an organized fashion.

Your Plan For Urias

What do you feel is the best plan moving forward for Urias on the Dodgers roster? Obviously, the Dodgers have a weapon here waiting to be untapped. If you were Dave Roberts and Andrew Friedman, how exactly would you manage Urias this season in preparation for 2020? Let us know in the comments below!

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