I've got that #JulioFever. So much so, I decided to make a few more Urias fantasy cards last night. Check them out above. The photo used on the left is from SportsCenter on twitter, and on the right is a Getty pic grabbed from Last Word on Sports.
It is becoming more clear that the Dodgers youth brigade is coming, and today's surprise starting pitcher is just one of many we should expect in the near future. How sweet it is that we get to enjoy the fruits of our patience.
Last night Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman answered several questions from the press corps, and Urias was the main topic. Fortunately, Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider shares it in total. Check it out here. Below is a snippet:
Is this a spot start? Or is Urias in the big-leagues to stay?I suspect that he will eventually bounce around from AAA and Los Angeles throughout the season; much like how Stripling and Bolsinger are doing that right now. Heck, he might even spend some time in the bullpen to lessen the number of innings he throws. BTW, Ken Rosenthal shared some words of wisdom from Zach Greinke on Julio Urias on twitter:
We’re going to assess where things are after this start and go from there. We haven’t made any long-term determinations at this point. Obviously, we have to be mindful of his workload for the season. On the one hand, you want to make sure he gets the range he wants. On the other hand, you want to balance the “right now” part of the season with potentially September as well, having as many capable arms as we can have then. So we’re just going to get through tomorrow night and continue to assess it.
Former #Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke described Julio Urias to me this spring as “the most perfect pitching prospect I’ve ever seen.” 1/2— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 26, 2016
Below are more links to check:I asked Greinke why. He said: 1. Urias is left-handed. 2. Stuff is plus-plus. 3. “He’s nasty, but not so nasty you think he’ll blow out.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 26, 2016
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1888 fan favorite Adonis Terry pitched his second no-hitter for Brooklyn at Washington Park.
- Video: Vin Scully recites ‘Field of Dreams’ speech. (Link at Dodger Insider) This is a fun listen, but I got to admit it's not as good as James Earl Jones.
- Luis Avilan was optioned back to AAA Oklahoma City to make room for Julio Urias' start this evening.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Meet Alex Freedman, Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers announcer."
Even though he didn't know what he wanted to do right out of college, Freedman has come to love his job, one that could one day lead to a call up of his own."Yeah, I'd love it. But now that I've done this for so long, I don't think I'm really good at anything else," he said. "Even as crazy and hectic as my schedule is for six months out of the year, it's hard for me to imagine not being at a ballpark every single day."I know I have the ability to do it at the major league level."
- Via Adam Rubin at ESPN; "Dodgers 2B Chase Utley expects hostile reception at Citi Field."
"Looking back on it -- knowing that he was going to spin, he wasn't going to get off his feet -- I would have done things differently, knowing that he was going to get hurt," Utley told the Los Angeles Times this week. "But I can't take that back. So I imagine the fans will let me have it."
- Baseball America's daily email makes note of 20-year old Dodger prospect Ariel Sandoval:
Sandoval, taking his first shot at full-season ball, has seen the power show up this year. He hit two homers Thursday, giving him seven at low Class A Great Lakes. He hit eight last season in 200 at-bats at Rookie ball. Sandoval, who signed for $150,000 after the 2012 season, has a hyper-aggressive approach, which led to just three walks last season. This year he already has eight, including four in the past three games.
- Via Mark Townsend at Big League Stew; "Jennie Finch set to make history with independent baseball team."
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