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Saturday, May 28, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JULIO URIAS SP LOS ANGELES DODGERS

When it comes to a top pitching prospect making the Major League debut, you never know what you are going to get as Forrest Gump would say.  Sometimes you get instant dominance and more often then not you get struggles as the big stage and the major adjustment to professional hitters make it tough on the youngster.  The latter scenario unfolded last night for top Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias who didn't even make it out of the third inning as he went 2.2 frames with 5 hits given up, he walked four, and altogether surrendered 3 earned runs.  Urias seemed so rattled that he threw a fastball clear to the backstop for a wild pitch.  Needless to say, this is not what the Dodgers or those owning fantasy baseball stock in Urias expected.  As I have noted many times on this site, you always want to tread very carefully in a pitching prospects's first start for all the reasons given above.  We have seen already guys like Sean Manaea struggle badly his first few go-rounds as major league teams are rushing their young arms to the pros earlier then many are ready for.  The Dodgers now have every reason to send Urias back to the minors for more seasoning or they can stick him in the bullpen where he would have little value.  Hold Urias until this is cleared up but his time doesn't look to be now in terms of impact. 


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