Los Angeles Dodgers uber-prospect Julio Urias is one of the game’s most tantalizing young stars. The 19-year old native of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico has done nothing short of taking baseball by storm ever since he stepped on the mound in the Dodgers farm system. He’s been so impressive that scouts from other teams are starting to break him down publicly.
Justin Goetz, a Washington Nationals scout in the Southeast, does this really awesome thing where he uploads videos to Instagram and breaks down the prospect that the video is about in absolute full detail. It’s truly quite astonishing. A couple weeks ago, the talented Goetz did a video breakdown of left-hander Julio Urias.
From Justin Goetz’s (@mlbscoutbreakdowns) official Instagram page:
There’s a ton of information there, believe me. It’d take you a long, long time to read through it. Basically, the gist of it is that Urias is as consistent of a pitcher there is when it comes to his muscle memory, tempo, arm slot, and landing spot. In essence, Urias is a unicorn in the industry since he’s got all of this down at the ripe age of 19.
That wasn’t all Goetz wrote, though. The first comment he left was this:
This is a future #1 who could have the impact of Fernando Valenzuela on the city of Los Angeles.
Now that is some high praise for Urias, but it’s not a shocking comparison. After all, Valenzuela came out of Mexico and was a talented left-hander that excelled at a young age much like Urias is doing right now. That’s the beauty of that comparison in the first place.
If Urias is able to put together a career even close to Valenzuela’s then the Dodgers can definitely consider themselves lucky. If he exceeds that, then look out. Urias will likely begin 2016 at Triple-A, with the probability of making the Opening Day roster in 2017.
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