PHOENIX, Ariz. — Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said that the front office will meet this spring to discuss Julio Urias’ 2015 workload.
The 18-year-old pitcher threw 87 ⅔ innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga last year.
“It’s just going to be using his total innings last year as a foundation and then building off that — not just regular season but even camp,” Zaidi said. “In general, you don’t want a guy’s innings to jump by more than 20 to 50 innings.”
So, somewhere between 107 ⅔ and 137 ⅔ innings then, right?
Julio Urias, 18, is fourth on FanGraphs’ list of the top 200 prospects in baseball. (Associated Press photo)
, Corey Seager
and Joc Pederson
continue to lay waste to the 2015 prospect rankings.
In the latest glorified opinion, Urias is fourth, Seager is sixth, and Pederson 11th on FanGraphs’ Top 200 prospect list. Right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes, the Dodgers’ first-round pick out of high school last year, is 89th. Andrew Heaney, whom the Dodgers traded to the Angels to acquire Howie Kendrick, is 50th.
Pitcher Chris Anderson and outfielder Alex Verdugo also made the list but were not ranked (players 143-200 were not assigned a specific numerical ranking).
For Urias, Seager and Pederson, it’s time to play baseball. The Sporting News, Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com all ranked the three prospects similarly high on their lists. (BaseballAmerica.com, we’re waiting.) All of this makes their arrival in major-league camp one of the top storylines of spring training — which I wrote about over the weekend.
Continuing a well-documented trend in 2015 Prospect Ranking Season, BaseballProspectus.com ranked Corey Seager (7), Julio Urias (10) and Joc Pederson (18) among its top 100 prospects.
The only other Dodger on BP’s list is pitcher Grant Holmes, who debuts at number 79.