With September call-ups less than a week away the Los Angeles Dodgers front office is preparing to add an unspecified number of players once active rosters expand.
Earlier this month Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discussed calling up players in multiple waves in which some would be promoted early September and others arriving later in the month.
One Minor League player who many expect to see in the big leagues is 19-year-old Julio Urias. Rated a top-10 prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com entering the 2015 season, Urias figures to assume a role out of the bullpen with the Dodgers.
However, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Mattingly indicated Urias’ much anticipated MLB debut may come, but not sure when:
He’s probably not one of the guys we would see right away,” the manager said. “We’ve talked about two waves of guys. He’s not one of the first waves of guys.”
Although Urias is largely expected to pitch for the Dodgers in some capacity this season, Mattingly acknowledged there are times when players are promoted simply to soak in the atmosphere:
You want to bring guys up for a purpose,” Mattingly said. “Sometimes it may just be for him to be here, and to experience being on the club and traveling and seeing other teams play.”
Urias has struck out 74 batters in 68 innings pitched this year with Double-A Tulsa. He missed time after undergoing cosmetic eye surgery, which in turn cut into his workload and thus is factoring into the Dodgers’ decision in how to continue building his innings base.
Mattingly previously downplayed the idea Urias would come up and make an immediate impact, arguing it was unfair to place such expectations on a pitcher his age.