The 19 year old Mexico native has been in the Dodgers system for some time now after they signed him to an international free agents contact when he was just 16 and has worked his way up through the minors ever since. For Julio now he is one step away and this left hand starting pitcher has given him self every opportunity as of late with his streak of scoreless innings extending to 22 his last time out.
Rated by MLB.com as their number 8 prospect before last years season and with him getting better each year, one would only imagine he will be pitching at the Chavez Ravine before too long. He has always been on a pitch count for the organisation, seldom reaching over 5 or 6 innings and never being able to push himself for the fear of injury.
For LA he would be in the ‘pen it would seem, a role he has been thrown in and out of previously, most recently in AAA pitching innings 6, 7 and 8, all with no score and only 30 pitches. In his other 6 starts this year Julio has a 1.25 ERA with an opposing .176 batting average against him and an extremely impressive 39 strikeouts in 36 innings.
The only thing working against Urias and his goal of reaching the majors is his fluctuation of stats when he moves up a class, with his first appearance in High-A being a 7.71 ERA and again AAA last year where he threw in 2 games but for an 18.69 ERA, not good by any stretch. However it would seem once he settles down in a level he stays and dominates, like he has for any team he has thrown for.
Julio would have to replace someone as of now in the bullpen for this dream to come true for him, a role he could very much do with the early season struggles of the men in the relief role. Credit to them though for turning that around but for Urias he could see a job very soon, replacing the likes of Ross Stripling, Pedro Baez or even Louis Coleman. After another blown game today against St. Louis one could argue that Dave Roberts and his coaching staff may need to shake things up to get back to the projected goals of the preseason.
So for Urias who would tell you that he deserves it and will want to play as much as he can for the Major League club the time would be right now for him to make his place in the MLB and on the Dodgers’ roster as the bullpen is crumbling around him and he could shine for a couple innings at a time.