By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on August 11, 2014
The Los Angeles Dodgers major league roster is currently one of the best in all of baseball. But, their minor league roster is one of the best, too. They not only have several top-flight position players, but many pitchers who are looking to join the big-league rotation in the near future. Here are five things that every Dodger fan must know about future star pitcher, Julio Urias.
Most 17-year-old kids are getting ready for their junior year of high school, but Dodger prospect Julio Urias is already in his second professional season in the minor leagues. According to Baseball Reference, Urias is currently playing 6.2 years below the league average age. Already one of the best pitchers in the minor leauges, he has plenty of time to mature and grow.
While playing against the top prospects in the game today in MLB's future game, Urias was very successful. He worked a perfect inning of work while striking out a batter.
Throughout 39 appearances in the minors (35 starts), Urias boasts a 2.74 ERA. He has also shown tremendous ability to miss bats by averaging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings. These numbers should continue to improve as he gains experience.
On MLB.com's top 100 prospect list, Urias currently is ranked as the 17th best player. He is also second among all Dodger prospects and rated as the top left-handed pitcher in the minors.
With Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers have one of the top rotations in all of baseball. Although he his only in A ball, Urias' development could make the Dodgers staff even better than the Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale years. Urias will be moved along slowly, but with the other pitchers locked up, the Dodgers rotation looks to be even more menacing in the future.
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