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Monday, March 7, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: JULIO URIAS SP LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Time for yet another 2016 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Watch where we profile those pitchers and hitters we think stand the best chance to offer major upside during the upcoming season.  Today we take a closer look at Los Angeles Dodgers top lefty pitching prospect Julio Urias who is already knocking on the Major League door with top-end power stuff despite still being a teenager.  As always let's dig in here and see where Urias is headed this season. 

Despite the fact Urias is just 19, that didn't stop the Dodgers from having him pitch BOTH at Double-A and Triple-A last season which was a major testament to how good his stuff already is.  Despite being so young, Urias lit up Double-A in his 68.1 innings by firing a 2.77 ERA and posting a very impressive 9.75 K/9 and tiny 1.98 BB/9.  What is incredibly amazing about Urias is that despite the fact that he throws in the upper-90's, the kid also has uncanny control for someone so young.  9 out of 10 times when you get a young power pitcher, control is the biggest weakness.  There are no such issues with Urias who keeps guys off the bases both by not issuing walks and by not giving up a high number of hits with is overpowering stuff.  Having struck out 105 batters in just 76.2 innings overall at Double-A in his young career, Urias is looking like a very close clone of Seattle Mariners ace SP Felix Hernandez.  Remember that Hernandez came up as a 19-year-old to debut with the Mariners and from the jump he pitched like a power ace starter.  The same could easily happen with Urias who has three upper-echelon pitches that include his fastball, curveball, and changeup.  The tools are all there for Urias to be an ace starter real soon.

In looking ahead to the 2016 fantasy baseball season, it is easy to understand the hype concerning Julio Urias.  The Dodgers don't plan on having him start the year in the rotation but losing Zack Greinke in free agency leaves them down an ace-type starter which could bring Urias aboard at some point.  A late round pick should absolutely be reserved for Urias due to hos massive his upside is and other then maybe Lucas Giolito, there may not be a more dominant pitching prospect in the entire game. 


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