The Dodgers promoted their top pitching prospect, 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias on Monday.
In defiance of perhaps every expectation outside the organization, Urias wasn’t promoted to the major leagues and the debut didn’t go well.
CINCINNATI — The Dodgers’ front office is currently discussing potential call-ups in September, when rosters expand to 40. Mattingly has characterized the reinforcements as coming in two separate “waves,” one early in the month and another later on.
Asked about 19-year-old pitcher Julio Urias, Mattingly said his name has been discussed.
“He’s probably not one of the guys we would see right away,” the manager said. “We’ve talked about two waves of guys. He’s not one of the first waves of guys.”
Urias has struck out 71 batters in 62 ⅓ innings for Double-A Tulsa. He was limited to throwing 87 ⅔ innings at Single-A last year, and is expected to have a higher limit this year.
Even if Urias is called up, he might not pitch.
“You want to bring guys up for a purpose,” Mattingly said. “Sometimes it may just be for him to be here, and to experience being on the club and traveling and seeing other teams play.”
Corey Seager is the best prospect still playing in the minor leagues, according to a new report. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff photographer)
All of the best prospects in baseball — Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Francisco Lindor, Noah Syndergaard, Joc Pederson, et. al. — have been recalled to the major leagues. That can only mean one thing: prospect watching is dead and gone forever. There are no more prospects. We can all just enjoy Major League Baseball games now and not bother ourselves with the future, when certain kids will be called up, etc.
Wait, that’s not what what means.
The Dodgers’ Corey Seager and Julio Urias are the two best prospects playing in the minor leagues today, according to SportsIllustrated.com. From Cliff Corcoran’s report:
Julio Urias underwent cosmetic surgery Thusday to remove a benign tumor from his left eye. The 18-year-old pitcher isn’t expected back in a game for another 4-5 weeks.
Urias was born with a benign tumor on the eye, which does not affect his vision. He chose to have the surgery, and the time off will allow him to delay reaching his innings limit until later this season.
Urias has a 3.00 ERA with 46 strikeouts and a 0.94 WHIP in seven starts for Double-A Tulsa this season. His opponents, all of whom are older, have a .194/.246/.318 slash line.
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias will miss 4-5 weeks after undergoing elective cosmetic surgery on his left eye later this month. Urias, 18, was born with a benign tumor on the eye, which does not affect his vision.
The left-hander has a 3.00 ERA in seven starts for Double-A Tulsa this season. His opponents, all of whom are older, have a .194/.246/.318 slash line. Urias’ 46 strikeouts rank first in the Texas League and his 0.94 WHIP ranks fourth.
According to a source, Urias will make one more start before he has the surgery, which is tentatively scheduled for May 28.