The Los Angeles Dodgers’ efforts to rebuild their Minor League system remains an on-going process, but the team has three prospects that are believed to be a cut above the rest.
The trio of Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias have the Dodgers envisioning a bright future. Pederson is currently with Triple-A Albuquerque, Seager now with Double-A Chattanooga and Urias at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Urias is the youngest of the three, having just turned 18 on Aug. 12, but the southpaw has continued to defy his age. Urias has gone at least five innings in last three starts and recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in each outing.
Following his most recent start, Quakes pitching coach Matt Herges heaped praise on the left-hander:
The kid continues to blow me away with how mature he is on the hill. It’s unbelievable,” Rancho Cucamonga pitching coach Matt Herges said of the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect. “If I was just a fan at the game tonight, I would guess he’s an older guy, a leader on the team. He pitches like he has years and years of experience. You can’t shake him. He stays composed and attacks the zone.”
Herges added Urias has continued to impress him despite the high expectations that have been placed on the young pitcher’s shoulders:
Every game, there are multiple things about him that make me say, ‘Wow, this kid is special. We’ve got something special on our hands.’ I love it,” Herges said. “Expectations are high, of course, but I feel like a fan watching him sometimes because he just blows me away.”
This isn’t the first time Herges has complimented Urias this season; he previously stated Urias has stuff comparable to what’s seen at the Major League level. Urias is in his first season with the Quakes after spending his first year in the organization with Low-A Great Lakes.
Urias started all 18 games he appeared in with the Loons in 2013 and has started 19 of his 24 games this year. The Dodgers have brought Urias along slowly and will likely continue down the same path given the amount of years that lie ahead for the pitcher if he’s able to remain healthy.
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