Two things have been very evident under the Guggenheim ownership regime: the Dodgers will be aggressive in the free agent/trade market and that they’ve placed a premium on international scouting.
Another player that scouts are taking notice of is Julio Urias, who the Dodgers signed during the same trip when they saw Yasiel Puig. Urias is currently pitching for the Great Lake Loons in Low A and the 17-year-old is turning heads.
According to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com, Urias is drawing rave reviews from everyone that watches him pitch:
I have never seen a 17-year old like him, says one scout. He is unbelievable. Kind of a Wandy Rodriguez build, but a strong core. Throws 94-96 with legitimate athleticism, has a breaking ball and a curveball. One thing I look for is anxiety. This kid has none. He knows exactly who and what he is.
The Dodgers’ plan for Urias is to not tire him out as he’s thrown one or two innings from July 10-August 11, but tossed three innings in his latest outing three days ago.
On the season, Urias has a 2.85 ERA in 47.1 innings and has struck out 58 batters as it’s clear he’s on the fast track to rising through the Dodgers minor league system.
Stockpiling the minor league system has been a goal for Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten and hearing about how great Urias is progressing is another reason to be excited about the Dodgers for not just this season, but the long term.
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