Of the 62 players the Los Angeles Dodgers now have in camp, Julio Urias is among the attention-grabbers despite his being there as a non-roster invite.
Urias completed his second season with the Dodgers organization in 2014, appearing in 25 games (20 starts) in his first experience at the High-A level. The young left-hander has been brought along slowly by the Dodgers, who are mindful to not place too much pressure on him or wear out his promising left arm.
Sunday marked Urias’ first opportunity of camp to throw live batting practice and as he routinely did against High-A competition, he easily outmatched the teammates who batted against him. Among the four hitters Urias faced, was fellow elite prospect Joc Pederson, who’s expected to take hold of the center field position for the Dodgers this season.
Urias needed just three pitchers to get Pederson swinging and the same held true when he faced Alex Guerrero. All the batters that faced Urias were left in awe by the 18 year old, who set a goal of reaching the Majors in 2015.
In other news, the Dodgers signed veteran right-hander Mike Adams to a Minor-League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Adams is another relief pitcher who has a checkered medical past, but could also prove to be of value should he manage to make the roster and remain healthy.
Here’s the biggest news that came out of Camelback Ranch on Sunday:
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