Julio Urías

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Julio Urías
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Urías pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 7
Pitcher
Born: (1996-08-12) August 12, 1996 (age 22)
Culiacán, Sinaloa, México
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
May 27, 2016, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through May 6, 2019)
Win–loss record 7–6
Earned run average 3.68
Strikeouts 133
Teams

Julio César Urías Acosta (born August 12, 1996) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Dodgers signed him in 2012, and he made his MLB debut in 2016.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

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In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and the closer.

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Early life

Urías is the son of Carlos Urías. [1] He played with the Mexico national team as a youth, joining them on road trips since the age of 10. [2] At age 14, Urías met Los Angeles Dodgers scout Mike Brito, who had first scouted Fernando Valenzuela. [3] In June 2012, the Dodgers discovered 15-year-old Urías at a showcase in Oaxaca, on the same scouting trip in Mexico on which they signed Yasiel Puig. [4] [5] [6] The Dodgers signed him on August 12, his 16th birthday. [6] The Dodgers paid a signing fee of $450,000, most of which went to the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican League. [6] [7]

Mexico national baseball team national sports team

The Mexico National Baseball Team is the baseball team which represents Mexico in international tournaments. They are currently the 6th ranked baseball team in the world.

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Los Angeles, California, United States

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. Established in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York, the team moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season. They played for four seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to their current home of Dodger Stadium in 1962.

Fernando Valenzuela Mexican baseball player

Fernando Valenzuela Anguamea is a Mexican former professional baseball pitcher. Valenzuela played 17 Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons, from 1980 to 1991 and 1993 to 1997. While he played for six MLB teams, he is best remembered for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Valenzuela batted and threw left-handed. His career highlights include a win-loss record of 173–153, with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.54. Valenzuela was notable for his unorthodox windup and for being one of a small number of pitchers who threw a screwball regularly. Never a particularly hard thrower, the Dodgers felt he needed another pitch; he was taught the screwball in 1979 by teammate Bobby Castillo.

Minor leagues

Urías made his professional debut on May 25, 2013, for the Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League as the youngest player in the league, striking out six batters over three shutout innings. [8] He made a total of 18 starts and finished the season 2–0 with a 2.48 ERA, recording 67 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. [2] He spent 2014 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League. In 25 appearances (20 of which were starts), he was 2–2 with a 2.36 ERA. [5] [9] He struck out 109 batters while walking only 37. [10]

The Great Lakes Loons are a Minor League Baseball of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are located in Midland, Michigan, and play their home games at Dow Diamond, which opened in April 2007.

Midwest League baseball league operating at the Class A level of Minor League Baseball in the Midwestern US

The Midwest League is a Minor League Baseball league, established in 1954 and based in the Midwestern United States. It is a Class A league that plays a full season; its players are typically players in their second or third year of professional play.

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are a minor league baseball team in Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA. They are a Class A – Advanced team in the California League and a farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, their third major league affiliate as the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The franchise was founded in Lodi, California in 1966, with its home field as the Tony Zupo Field. The team then went through several new names and ownership changes. After changing their name from the Spirit to the Quakes in 1993 and moving to Rancho Cucamonga, the team plays its home games at LoanMart Field, where the team has broken a number of seasonal attendance records for their league. In the 2015 season, the Quakes won their second Cal League Championship in franchise history, sweeping the San Jose Giants for their first crown since 1994. In 2018 they swept Visalia Rawhide to win their third league championship

Urias pitching for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 2016 Julio Urias on April 28, 2016.jpg
Urías pitching for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 2016

Urías was selected to play for the World team at the 2014 All-Star Futures Game [11] and was selected as the Dodgers organizational "Minor League Pitcher of the Year" for 2014. [12] He received an invitation to attend the team's 2015 major league spring training camp. [13] After pitching in two games, for a total of two innings and a 4.50 ERA, [14] he was the first to be cut from the roster and was reassigned to the team's minor league camp on March 14, 2015. [15]

All-Star Futures Game

The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB). Started in 1999, a team of Minor League Baseball prospects from the United States and a team of prospects from other countries in the world compete against each other. It is played as part of the festivities of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Urías was ranked by MLBpipeline.com as the top left-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball entering the 2015 season. [16] MLB.com ranked him the 8th-best prospect in baseball, and Baseball America named him the #10 prospect in 2015. [17] [18] The Dodgers assigned him to the AA Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League to start the 2015 season. [19] He was 3–4 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 starts for Tulsa. [20]

Baseball America is a sports magazine that covers baseball at every level, with a particular focus on up-and-coming players in high school, college, Japan, and the minor leagues. It is currently published in the form of a bi-weekly newspaper, five annual reference book titles, a weekly podcast, and a website. It also regularly produces lists of the top prospects in the sport, and covers aspects of the game from a scouting and player-development point of view. The publication's motto is "Baseball news you can't find anywhere else."

The Tulsa Drillers are a minor league baseball team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers major-league club.

Texas League baseball league operating at Class AA level of Minor League Baseball in Texas, USA

The Texas League is a Minor League Baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. It is classified as a Double-A league. Despite the league's name, only its four South Division teams are actually based in Texas; the four North Division teams are located in surrounding states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. The league maintains its headquarters in San Antonio.

Urias was promoted to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers on August 31, 2015. [21] He struggled in his first AAA action, allowing nine runs in 4 13 innings over two starts. [20] He also allowed six runs, including a grand slam homer, in just one inning in his one start in the Pacific Coast League playoffs. [22] He was again invited to attend Dodgers spring training. [23] He was assigned to AAA to begin the season, where he was 4–1 with a 1.10 ERA in seven starts. [20] He also had a 27 inning scoreless streak during the month of May for Oklahoma City. [24]

The Oklahoma City Dodgers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and play their home games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark which opened in 1998 in the city's Bricktown entertainment district.

The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a Minor League Baseball league operating in the Western, Midwestern, and Southeastern United States. Along with the International League and the Mexican League, it is one of three leagues playing at the Triple-A level, which is one grade below Major League Baseball. It is officially named the Pacific Coast League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. Its headquarters are in Round Rock, Texas.

Major leagues

Los Angeles Dodgers

2016

Urías was promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgers to make his major league debut against the New York Mets on May 27, 2016. At only 19 years of age, he was the youngest starting pitcher to debut in the Majors since Félix Hernández in the 2005 season and the youngest Dodgers starting pitcher to debut since 18 year old Rex Barney in the 1943 season. [25] He struggled in his debut, lasting only 223 innings while allowing five hits, three runs and four walks. He did strikeout three, including the first batter he faced, Curtis Granderson. [26] He was optioned back to AAA after the game. [27] Three days later, he was returned to the active roster after starter Alex Wood went on the disabled list. [28] Urías made his second start on June 2 against the Chicago Cubs. In 5 innings pitched, he gave up 6 runs (5 earned), which included 3 home runs. He allowed 8 hits, and struck out 4. [29] [30] He picked up his first major league win, against the Milwaukee Brewers, on June 28, 2016, when he allowed two runs on two hits in six innings. He was the first teenage Dodger pitcher to throw 100 pitches in a game since Joe Moeller in 1962. [31] He pitched in 18 games for the Dodgers, 15 of them starts, and was 5–2 with a 3.39 ERA, 84 strikeouts and 31 walks. [32] He led the major leagues in pickoffs, with six. [33]

Urías pitched two innings of relief in game five of the 2016 National League Division Series, picking up the win. At 20 years, 62 days old he became the youngest Dodgers pitcher to ever pitch in the post-season. He was two weeks younger than Don Drysdale was in game four of the 1956 World Series. He was also the fourth youngest pitcher in MLB post-season history, behind Ken Brett (1967 World Series), Bert Blyleven (1970 ALCS), and Don Gullett (1970 NLCS and 1970 World Series). [34] He became the youngest pitcher ever to start a post-season game when he started game four of the 2016 National League Championship Series. He allowed four runs in only 3 23 innings in the game. [35]

2017

The Dodgers chose to keep Urías in extended spring training rather than having him on the opening day roster to start 2017, with the goal of limiting his innings so he would be able to pitch more later in the season. [36] He rejoined the major league starting rotation on April 27. [37] He made five starts for the Dodgers and was 0–2 with a 5.40 ERA. [32] He was optioned back to the minors on May 21. [38] In June while pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Urías tore the anterior capsule in his left shoulder, which ended his 2017 season and required surgery. [39]

2018

Urías spent most of the 2018 season recuperating from his injury and didn't begin rehabbing in the minors until July 30. [40] He made three appearances for the Dodgers during the regular season, pitching four scoreless innings in September. [41] Despite that, he was added to the Dodgers roster for the 2018 NLCS and 2018 World Series. [40] He allowed one run in 313 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS and one run in three innings against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. [32]

2019

Urías was scheduled to begin 2019 in the bullpen to reduce his innings in the early going, but injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill led to him beginning the season in the rotation. [42] He started four games at the start, including a nine strikeout game (in six innings) while allowing only one hit against the Brewers on April 18, after which he joined the bullpen. [43] He picked up his first career save on May 6 against the Atlanta Braves. [44]

On May 14, MLB placed him on administrative leave after he was arrested on charges of domestic battery following an incident in the parking lot of the Beverly Center shopping mall the previous day. [45]

Pitching style

Urías's primary pitch is a fastball with a typical velocity between 90 and 95 miles per hour, peaking at 97. [46] [47] [48] He also throws a low-80s changeup, curveball, and slider. [3] [47] His curveball initially had primarily horizontal movement, resembling a slurve. During the 2016 season, he altered his grip to add vertical movement. [48] [49] He began using the slider in 2015. [3] Urías is also known for his pickoff move, leading the major leagues in his rookie season with six pickoffs. [50]

Personal life

Urías underwent three surgeries on his left eye during his youth to remove a benign mass. As a result, his left eye is nearly closed, but he is able to see through it. [5] [51] When asked about his eye condition, Urías, a devout Roman Catholic, [52] said, "That's how God works. He gave me a bad left eye but a good left arm." [5] On May 19, 2015, Urías had elective surgery to correct the condition. [53]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miguel Castro
Youngest Player in the National League
2016
Succeeded by
Víctor Robles