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March 20, 2014

Notes from the Field

Spring Scouting Notes, 3/20

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


(3/19) LHP Julio Urias (Dodgers)
Okay size; probably closer to 6’1’’ than listed height (5’11’’); strong build; definitely more body than listed weight (160 lbs.); could end up being high maintenance but not a problem at present; in delivery, lifts leg high before brief (straight) extension; soft landing; stays very balanced; everything looks very easy and repeatable; stays over the ball from ¾ slot; creates angle; fastball ranged from 91-95 in three-inning pop; mostly worked 93; command was solid-average to plus; line to the plate veered a little into the LH box; tendency to miss arm-side/up; showed excellent feel for altering movement; was cutting the ball and making it run; fastball is easy plus at present; could play even better with sharper command.

Slider was weapon pitch; 82-86; fastball disguise with late vertical hook; showed mature command of and confidence in the pitch; could throw it for strikes or drop it in the dirt for chase; plus pitch at present; very strong offering; changeup was 81-82; turned over one and buried it in the dirt as an out-pitch; the others were a little flat and up/arm-side; fringe-average right now; most likely a plus outcome.

High role 6 profile; the pitchability is well above-average; the stuff is plus; the delivery and arm action are plus; needs to build innings and stamina, but looks near-ready for major league action; despite current performance and polish, I don’t see a frontline ceiling; more present than projection; most likely a no. 2 starter; extra skin over the left eye doesn’t affect him and is non-issue; market could make him a star. –Jason Parks

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