The Dodgers have been waiting a long time for this kind of season out of Julio Urías. For a very long time, Los Angeles has played it very carefully with Julio and has limited his role over the last few years as a result.
Urías has seen time in the bullpen and time in the rotation, often in the same season. But this year, Julio is firmly cemented in the Dodgers starting rotation at the number 4 spot. He’s also logged 72 innings across 12 starts already.
That’s part of the reason that Urías was listed in MLB Network’s Top 10 Young Players this week. The left-handed hurler has chalked up 80 strikeouts and a WHIP that is below 1 in his second year of a consistent starting role.
If you remove his 2 bad starts against the Braves and Angels, Julio’s numbers are really eye-popping. In those 10 other starts, he has compiled a 2.45 ERA and punched out 71 batters compared to 9 walks. He’s a big reason why the Dodgers have been able to survive having only 4 guys in the rotation for a few weeks.
The only problem at this point seems to be his workload. The Dodgers have never pushed Julio more than 80 innings in a season, and he will pass that sometime in his next 2 starts. If they truly intend on keeping him in the starting rotation, it will be interesting to see how he handles all of the innings.