Ranked number 8 by MLB.com on their prospect lists for the whole of baseball and up there with one of the best 18 year olds as of right now, southpaw Julio Urias made his first start in the highest team he has ever played for, the Tulsa Drillers of AA.
As the Dodgers are managing his pitch count and starts they never usually go for more than 5 innings and today was no different, Julio threw 74 pitches for his 15 outs, a nice economy rate to keep the count low.
Some people wanted Urias up in the pen or even starting for LA in the 2015 season but this wont happen just yet. Although his first outing did show he has some potential. Urias went 5IP, gave up 2H and only 1BB with 4K’s and didn’t concede a run. A performance that would have given him the win on most occasions was spoiled by an error in the 9th, causing the Drillers to go down 1-0.
Julio gave up a hit on his first at bat of the day, probably due to some nerves but after lead off man Benji Gonzalez tried to stretch it to a double and was thrown out by left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, all thoughts in his mind seemed to settle. He retired the next 4 and, only after one more walk in the top of the second, the Mexican native had faced 7 through 2.
The only problem with his first outing was the lack of control on the fastball and centering of pitches, all 3 at bats in the first inning ended as a result of bat being out to ball right over the centre of the plate, something Julio will want to work on for his next start.