In case you don’t know, a Wunderkind is “a child prodigy or one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age.” That would be Julio Urias. I find it incredulous that Julio Urias pitched 77 innings in the major leagues in 2016 as a 19 year old and compiled a 5-2 record with a 84 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA and yet some fans suggest he needs another year at AAA. HELLO?
Then, they turn around and lament the trade of Jose De Leon who at the age of 24, in the same major league, pitched 17 innings with 15 strikeouts and 5 HR to go with a 6.35 ERA. He was five years older and could not hold a candle to Julio. I have pointed out that Clayton Kershaw in his first year, at age 20 pitched 107 innings with 109 hits and 100 strikeouts to go with a 4.26 ERA. The very next year, Clayton Kershaw broke out with a 2.79 ERA and 171 IP, 119 Hits and 185 K’s.
AND YET SOME THINK URIAS IS NOT ALL THAT? I’m not saying that people who say such stuff are dumb – they just have bad luck when it comes to thinking! Maybe they haven’t watched Julio pitch – yeah the cable company stole their signal and so they can claim insanity.
Here is a NEWS FLASH: Julio Urias is going to be very, very good… yes, in 2017! I will stop short of saying he will be better than Clayton Kershaw, but he is cut from the same cloth. Oh, sure – they are different pitchers, but Julio is going to be in the discussion as to who the best pitcher in baseball is shortly. Won’t it be cool that two are Dodgers?
Julio pitched 122 innings last year. He will push 200 this year. Farhan Zaidi said there are no pitch counts now. I think Julio will likely win 17 to 18 games in 2017, and God-forbid, if Clayton Kershaw were hurt, he might be the Dodgers Ace. I would look for him to go on the 10-day DL a couple of times next year, but he’s going to mostly be out there every 5th day, doing what he does – get batters out!
Actually, I think many teams, including the Dodgers will put pitchers on the 10-day DL this season to keep them fresh. Skip 2 starts and come back strong. I don’t know what the Dodger rotation will look like this year, because I have no clue if Ryu, McCarthy or Kazmir will be healthy. But, I do know that among De Leon, Alvarez, Buehler, Stewart and a couple of others, JDL was deemed the most expendable.
Enjoy watching “The Kid” this year. Kershaw is no longer The Kid – we’ve got a new kid on the block and he’s going to be damn good!
KID URIAS! Wunderkind!
UPDATE: Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier – I have heard rumblings that the Dodgers would eat half of A-Gon’s and Andre’s salary if they can obtain a RH bat in a 3 or 4-way deal. Obviously A-Gon is from San Diego. Could he go back to end his career and what would SD be willing to give up to get him at $10 million a year for two more years? Cody Bellinger is very, very close! I do believe the Dodgers are shopping Ethier and Gonzalez – I just can’t see any takers unless they are packaged with younger prospects. I would not be surprised to see a blockbuster of epic proportions involving Gonzo, Ethier, Pederson, Puig and a few prospects. Those deals are generally 3 or 4-way deals and are very tricky. I’m not holding my breath.
UPDATE 2: Jose De Leon – I was just listening to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register and he said that the Dodgers did not regard Jose De Leon as a Top Prospect… and neither did the Twins, which was why the deal with them for Dozier did not happen. He also said that the Dodgers would not trade their other prospects in those deals. Bill Shaiken of The LA Times, says the same thing. Plunkett also thinks that Forsythe will be the primary leadoff hitter.
UPDATE 3: Ryu – He claims that he is in great shape and throwing without pain. Of course, he said the same thing last Spring. So, what we know is NOTHING!
UPDATE 4: Brett Eibner – Organizational Depth http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/01/athletics-trade-brett-eibner-dodgers.html
In case you wonder what the photos are, until Spring Training, I am running photos of Spring Training which I have taken from past Springs.