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Julio Cesar Urias

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 160 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Mexican pitcher Julio Urias was only 17 years old when he pitched a perfect inning in the 2014 Futures Game on July 13, 2014, becoming the youngest player to take part in the annual showcase of baseball's top prospects.

Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, Uria was immediately sent to a competitive league, pitching for the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League. Players even two or three years older than him would normally begin their careers at the more relaxed Rookie League level in Arizona and Florida, where there are hardly any spectators and the focus is on instruction, but Julio was thrown to the wolves, as it were, and did quite well for himself, going 2-0, 2.48 in 18 starts. The young lefthander pitched only 54 innings, but those were very good, as he allowed only 44 hits and 16 walks, while striking out 67. In 2014, he was assigned to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League and continued to have the better over hitters many years his senior, going 1-1, 3.44 in 17 games over the first half. The Dodgers continued to limit his innings severely, but there was no hiding his talent, which resulted in his invitation to Target Field in Minneapolis, MN at the mid-season mark. He finished the season with a record of 2-2, 2.36 in 25 games, striking out 109 in 87 2/3 innings.

Urias was invited to the Dodgers' big league spring training in 2015 and immediately impressed teammates and observers with his stuff. There was speculation that he could be pitching in the big leagues before the end of the season, age be damned, but he ended up spending the whole year in the minors. He made 18 starts, spread out among four different teams from the AZL Dodgers to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers. He went 3-5, 3.81, logging 80 1/3 innings and striking out 88 opponents. He was back at Oklahoma City to start 2016 and was dominant in the early going as he put together a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless innings in early May. he was called up to Los Angeles on May 26th and was set to make his major league debut before turning 20. His much anticipated first game fell a bit flat, however, as he struggled to get out of the 1st inning against the New York Mets on May 27th, giving up 3 runs in the frame; he pitched 2 2/3 innings in all but was not involved in the decision. He was the first teenager to start a major league game since Felix Hernandez in his debut season 11 years earlier.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Jorge L. Ortiz: "Dodgers ready to unleash irrepressible Julio Urias, wise beyond his 19 years", USA Today Sports, May 26, 2016. [1]
  • Jesse Sanchez: "Urias impresses Dodgers in live batting practice: Young left-hander shows off impressive skills against Pederson, Heisey", mlb.com, March 1, 2015. [2]

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