GLENDALE, Ariz. — Julio Urias gave the Dodgers so much to like in his first live BP session of the spring Sunday, it’s worth focusing on the present before dreaming about the 18-year-old’s future.
Urias is expected to begin the season at Double-A. At least, there have been no indications otherwise to this point from anyone within the organization.
So how does Urias compare to most Double-A pitchers?
Jimmy Rollins (second from right) chats with his new Dodgers teammates, including Yasiel Puig. (Courtesy of Jon SooHoo-Los Angeles Dodgers)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jimmy Rollins
knows he’s in a weird spot at the moment.
The Dodgers’ new shortstop wants to be a leader in the clubhouse. He’s 36. Only seven active players have played more games than Rollins’ 2,090, so he’s seen just about everything. Still, he’s only been here about a week. That’s how much time most of Rollins’ teammates have had to get to know him personally — everyone, really, save new reliever Mike Adams.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias threw approximately 40 pitches over two “innings” to live hitters for the first time in spring training Sunday. The 18-year-old left-hander struck out four batters: Alex Guerrero (twice), Chris Heisey and Joc Pederson.
Here’s his three-pitch punchout of Pederson:
Urias then struck out Guerrero and got Heisey to ground out in the area of the second baseman.
Here are all 18 pitches he threw in the second “inning,” including the strikeouts of Guerrero and Heisey. He also faces O’Koyea Dickson in this inning and induces a pop-up toward second base. The inning ends with a planned pitchout as Pederson stands in the box.