I guess you can say that I've jumped onto the Urias bandwagon.
Julio Urias was signed by the Dodgers in August of 2012 as a 16-year old from Mexico, and made his pro debut on May 25, 2013 with the Great Lakes Loons (the Dodgers Low A Minor League affiliate). Since then, he has absolutely wowed the scouts.
He made a total of 18 starts, with 54.1 innings pitched (pitching few innings in order to maintain a low pitch count), and finished with a 2.48 ERA. Additionally, he sported a phenomenal strike out per 9 innings ratio of 11.1, and a strike out to walk ratio of 4.19. Not too shabby for the youngest player in the league, at 17-years old.
Since his debut, Urias has skyrocketed up the Dodgers ladder to be considered one of the 5 best (and in some polls the very best) prospects the Dodgers have.
Per Doug Thorburn at Baseball Prospectus:
The most stunning grade on Urias' report card is the 50-grade repetition. Developing pitchers just do not have the type of consistency of timing and movement that Urias possesses right now, both game to game and within a single outing. He still has room for improvement, to be sure, but even when the southpaw is off-kilter he rarely misses his release point by much. Like any pitcher his age, Urias faces a mountain of work that has to be done before he can reach his potential, but he has an incredible head-start on his baseball journey, and the advanced nature of his skill-set puts him on an accelerated path to the big leagues.Featured here is one of my most recent eBay purchases. Check out the only Julio Urias card on the market - a 2013 Bowman Sterling Autographed card. Today, this card can be purchased between $15 to $20 a piece. I figured that if he's as good as they say he is, then I better pick one up now before it's too late.
Here are his stats, via Baseball Reference:
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