The Dodgers have announced they will purchase the contract of prospect Julio Urias so that he can make his MLB debut on Friday. Urias is interesting since he is a 19 year old rookie who has spent just 41 innings in AAA pitching to a 1.10 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 24 base-runners.
Entering the year, Urias was viewed as one of the game’s very best prospects, and he’s only increased his stock since. In its prospect handbook, Baseball America praises him for an exceedingly rare “combination of stuff and feel for pitching.” Working off of a mid-nineties heater, he can draw swings and misses with a quality curve and change piece as well as a less-frequently-deployed slider.
It remains to be seen, though, how much of an impact Urias will have on the major league season. Los Angeles has carefully managed the young lefty’s workload, which is obviously not surprising. He’s yet to top 90 innings in a full season, and likely won’t be allowed to dramatically increase that tally, though surely L.A. will be looking to build his endurance.
Urias is taking over for Alex Wood, who is experiencing triceps soreness, so it remains to be seen just how long of a look Urias will be getting. It’s possible the Dodgers will send him back down in a few days/weeks, or that they could shift him to the bullpen. The Dodgers are also expecting the return of Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-jin Ryu shortly, so it’s possible their rotation could get very crowded very quickly.