As general manager Ned Colletti and president Stan Kasten have said multiple times, the Dodgers have placed extra emphasis on scouting and signing international talent.
Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the two examples at the major league level and the interest in Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero is another example of scouting in different places.
However, the next international phenom might be lefty Julio Urias who played for Low A in Midland, MI. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports put together an All-Minor League Team and mentioned the Dodgers’ prospect:
And over 18 starts and 54 1/3 innings, he struck out 67 and put up a 2.48 ERA. From Mexico, playing for the Dodgers, he is going to be an absolute sensation – and people within the organization aren’t dismissing the idea that he could arrive in the major leagues as an 18-year-old.
In the piece, Passan said Urias is the next teenage star as scouts around baseball have raved about his velocity and arsenal of pitches. Due to his young age, the Dodgers had him pitching two or three innings for most of the season.
Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson is also on the list as an outfielder as it’s evident that the work to replenish the farm system is gaining notoriety throughout baseball.
Urias seems to be the next big thing and if he’s anything close to Ryu or Puig, the Dodgers hit another grand slam in the international scouting department.
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