Between Joc Pederson and Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers should be pleased with the up-and-coming position players in their farm system. However, there’s one young player with even more hype than the aforementioned duo.
Scouts originally traveled to Mexico nearly three years ago to watch Cuban prospect Yasiel Puig work out, but a left-hander by the name of Julio Urias also caught their eye. Now an 18-year-old in the Dodgers farm system, Urias was recently named the top left-handed prospect By MLB Pipeline.
The future is bright for the young pitcher and general manager Farhan Zaidi sees Urias taking a high-speed route to the majors via USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz:
“They were both a year older and a level behind him. We’re in uncharted territory,” Zaidi said. “He’s the total package. He’s got a great delivery, three pitches he commands and tremendous poise.”
He has posted incredible numbers in the minors so far, including two consecutive seasons with a sub 3.00 ERA. In 87.2 innings pitched last season, he struck out 109 batters making for an impressive 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. In his two years thus far in the farm system, Urias has only competed at the High-A Level. For 2015, the top prospect is set to start in Double-A, although he will get a taste of the big leagues this spring in the major-league camp.
Although the young prospect is on a steady pace for the majors, the Dodgers have been cautious to not put Urias’ arm through too many innings and will likely continue to monitor his innings through 2015. It may be a few more years until the Dodgers see Urias at the Los Angeles, but the wait should be worth it.
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