… and the next men are Trevor Oaks, Brock Stewart and Walker Buehler. Oaks is a back-of-the-rotation starter who is likely ready now while Buehler is a top-of-the-rotation guy who might be ready in 2018, but won’t ever be a workhorse (welcome to the new MLB). Stewart could be a a middle-to-back of the rotation guy or an elite reliever. Time will tell. Mitch White and Yadier Alvarez are due up in 2019 too but both are harder for me to project. Some pitchers will step up at the next level over the next two year: Sheffield, Abdullah, Sborz, May, Santana, Sopko, Alexy, Barlow and Rhame. At least one or two of those guys will be very good.
It’s a shame the Julio Urias is likely going to miss the rest of 2017 and maybe the entire 2018 seasons. When (if) he comes back he will be a 22 or 23 year-old looking to revive his career. He will still be very young, but what he will have insofar as pitching ability, is anyone’s guess. I have no opinion, no expectations, but can only be hopeful! I guess we should have trade him and De leon for Hamel (that’s a joke). In MLB, you never know. Only the good die young. Julio was very, very good – let’s hope his career is not over. It’s way too early to speculate. So sorry for you, Julio – we barely knew you! May the Big Dodger in the Sky bless you and keep you!
MLB Trade Rumors said this about the injury:
“Though the procedure is a scary one for any pitcher, there are some mitigating factors here. Friedman says that Urias suffered the injury in an acute manner and is not dealing with any other injuries in his shoulder. That makes for a relatively more constrained problem than many prior pitchers have dealt with.”
Also, Julio’s agent, Scott Boras summed it all up:
“All the standards were in place for the last three or four years in the management of Julio,” Boras said. “With his precocious talent and the execution of that talent with just a 20-year-old body, it is possible, if not probable, that with the amount of physical skill and arm speed, there’s a higher level of potential for an injury like this.”
This is precisely why the Dodgers were limiting his innings and Boras was on board with the plan. Now, it’s on to Plan B. You can read all about the surgery HERE. Thank the Big Dodger in the Sky for Depth!
2.5 Games ahead of the Rockies and A-Bags feels about right. The Dodgers should add to that lead before the weekend is over.
Rants and Raves
- The Dodger starting pitchers are #2 in MLB in ERA, .02 points behind Arizona. They are 11th in IP, but you need to realize that it averages out to be less than a 1/2 inning a game. To me, with the Dodger’s depth – that’s like crying because when you won the lottery, they paid you in small bills. It’s no big deal whatsoever. By the way, the Giants are the leaders in starter innings pitched with a 4.93 ERA. What would rather have? Starters who average of 6.0 innings a game with a 4.93 ERA or starters who pitch and average of 5.57 innings a game and have a 3.53 ERA? If you have to even think about that, there’s no hope!
- If Seager miss any time with his hamstring, it’s good to have two shortstops on the roster.
- Chris Hatcher to the DL – hopefully he has a 20-day rehab assignment after that… and Ross is back! Romo looks like he has remembered how to pitch and It’s all good. “Thoracic inflammation” sounds like a long-term solution.
- Alex Wood – All-Star?
- Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo continue to impress at AAA as does Oaks who pitched 6.1 Innings and allowed 1 run.
- Josh Sborz went 7 for Tulsa for Tulsa and allowed just two runs. He’s starting to get it together.
- Speaking of starting to put it together, Yusniel Diaz went 4-6 last night for Rancho and has moved his BA up to .287/.563 OB%. He is a real prospect. TrueBlueLA has more.
- Cody Thomas hit 2 HR for GL – he now has 12.