Julio Urias capped off his season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga by throwing five shutout innings and striking out four. Urias allowed a two-out double in the first inning and didn’t allow another runner to reach.
The young lefty was in his first year with the Quakes after starting 18 games for Low-A Great Lakes in 2013. Despite Urias’ impressive season, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said it wouldn’t be fair for a call up in September, according to the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett:
I think it would be unfair to him,” Mattingly said. “He may come up and tear it up, you never know. But would it be fair to him?”
Mattingly then pointed to some of the danger that comes with promotion a player to the Majors too soon and used Dee Gordon as an example:
There are times when they come up and it puts them behind. Dee (Gordon) is a good example. He came up quick, maybe before he was ready and it took three or four years for him to get back on track. … It could be good for him (Urias). It could set him back. Maybe if he gets another year, you don’t have to do the back-and-forth thing.”
Although Urias increased his total number of starts this season compared to 2013, he was still brought along slowly. Only once did Urias record an out in the sixth inning, which occurred in his Aug. 23 start.
Dodgers director of scouting Logan White shared his belief that Urias could pitch in the Majors at the age of 18 (which Urias now is) and Quakes pitching coach, Matt Herges said the southpaw’s arsenal of pitches and talent is on par to what’s seen at the big league level.
Urias was not only the youngest pitcher in California League, he was also the youngest to ever participate in the Futures Game. While Urias among the small group of elite prospects in the Dodgers organization, their handling of him suggests it could be a year or years, before he’s seen in the Majors.
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