Julio Cesar Urias, age 19 years, 9 months, and 14 days, will be the starting pitcher against the New York Mets tomorrow, Friday, May 27, 2016. Not to be too hasty in making comparisons, but other notable left handed Dodger pitchers made their debuts:
Sandy Koufax, age 19 years, 5 months, 25 days
Fernando Valenzuela, age 19 years, 10 months, 14 days
Clayton Kershaw, age 20, 2 months, 1 day – what a slacker! [calm down, you know I love ya.]
Julio Urias was discovered during the same June 2012 scouting trip that landed Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers paid a $450,000 signing fee, most of which went to his Mexican team, to sign Urias. He has spent three and a third seasons in the minor leagues, averaging a 2.78 ERA and a WHIP of 1.081. His innings pitched were 54 in 2013, 87 in 2014, and 80 in 2015.
Urias has been burning up AAA ball with the Oklahoma City Dodgers this year. His record is 4-1, with an ERA of 1.10, a WHIP of 0.780, and 44 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched. He comes into the big leagues riding a 27 inning scoreless streak in AAA.
Regardless of whether this is a spot start, one of a few starts until Ryu is ready, or whatever, this will be an exciting day for all Dodger fans and for one Julio Urias.