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17-year-old Julio Urias is starting for the Dodgers this afternoon

Mar 15, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

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Interesting news out of Dodgers camp, as 17-year-old Julio Urias is starting this afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Padres. Just to put things into perspective, he was born in August of 1996, less than two months after Tommy Lasorda managed his final game in Dodger Blue. Feeling old yet?

Urias, a native of Mexico, has quickly emerged as one of the team’s top pitching prospects. Checking in at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, the southpaw posted a 2.48 ERA and 67/16 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings with Class A Great Lakes last year during his first season of pro ball. Baseball America recently ranked him as the No. 51 prospect in the game.

The Padres are playing plenty of regulars today, including Will Venable, Chris Denorfia, Yonder Alonso, and Seth Smith, so this should be a good test for the young phenom. File this name away.

  1. 13arod - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I Ike this move by the offers sad what this guy has against major leaguers and some minor leaguers

  2. kingscourt25 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Sucks because this is like the only Dodgers ST not televised

  3. binarymath - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Interesting that the Dodgers always seem to be able to discover and develop starting pitchers.

    Here’s hoping the kid is successful. Would be fun to see the Julio/Fernando comparisons.

    Viva Julio-mania!!!

  4. icanspeel - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    He was impressive in his 1 inning, struck out Venable and Alonso and went 1-2-3

  5. thebigwhitecat - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    I have shirts older than this guy.

  6. campcouch - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    hope they don’t damage him.

  7. zdravit - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Get these young punks out of the league. What a mockery.

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