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Birth Date8-12-1996
Height5' 11"
Weight160 lbs
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP

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'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2013 GRL A 18 18 54.3 3.59 116 .236 .255 .324 .379 .259 .320 94 13.0 1.4 13.0 1.4
2014 RCU A+ 25 20 87.7 3.73 116 .233 .273 .338 .426 .277 .314 90 16.0 1.6 16.0 1.6

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2013 GRL A 2 0 0 18 18 54.3 44 16 67 5 54% .320 7.3 2.7 0.8 11.1 1.10 2.48 13.0 1.4
2014 RCU A+ 2 2 0 25 20 87.7 60 37 109 4 46% .314 6.2 3.8 0.4 11.2 1.11 2.36 16.0 1.6

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Julio Urias still seems to be climbing the prospect rankings but everyone always notes that he doesn't have much projection left. What's that mean and why not pop a precocious 18-year old in the rotation to avoid 'wasting' his bullets in the minors if he already is what he is?
(Brad from Colorado)
Urias is a challenge for me. I agree that there's not a lot of projection left. Without that projection, and with just some polishing steps left, that suggests whatever role you project for him is a role he could essentially fill in the big leagues right this minute. I don't see a top of the rotation arm when I superimpose him on big league lineups, but I do see a really good #3 and possibly a #2; that's a helluva player. With someone like Urias, I typically end up the low man on the totem pole, just like I have been with Dylan Bundy in the past. This is one area of my own known bias that I continually evaluate and Urias -- if he dominates and shoves his way to the front of the rotation -- may be the guy that really convinces me to start coming off this stance. (Mark Anderson)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Zachary Bird snuck into the top 10 in 2013. The Dodgers have had a boost to their farm system since then. He had a strong finish to the 2014 season with a reported spike in velo into the upper 90s. Does he ever break into the Dodgers rotation?
(Donovan from Socal)
Bird is going to be an interesting case. I'm liked what I heard toward the end of the season and there is certainly major league potential in the arm, but he's still a ways away for me. Outside of Julio Urias, it's not as though the Dodgers are flush with top-flight arms that project to stay in the starting rotation, so he may get ample opportunity to prove himself capable and get a true shot. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Be honest: Will Julio Urias be a starter in the majors by the time he's 20? 19?
(vegetto712 from Orlando)
Yes, probably. Urias is not a highly projectable prospect. He's advanced for his age. It's the same aspect that we talk about with Michael De Leon. There is not a lot of growth left, so why waste bullets at the lower levels? Sure, you can always learn on the mental side, but that can also be learned anywhere if the tools are ready. (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)I keep hearing Julio Urias doesn't have much projection left in him. Recognizing he hasn't faced serious bats yet, would you waste more than a half season of bullets in AA if you were Friedman? What's left to work on?
(ted from Chicago)
It has to do with the fact that Urias is already strong in areas where most young pitchers have holes - such as his mechanical repetition, change-up maturity, and ability to hold runners. But the kid is still growing, still adding velocity, and still refining his craft. It's all relative, but I think that Urias needs to learn how his repertoire evolves against more advanced hitters while at the same time honing the physical aspects of his development. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)How come every picture I see of Julio Urias his left eye is close?
(scott from az)
Because you're wearing an eyepatch. (Matt Sussman)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Dahl ? Future? Also does giolito deserve to be best pitching prospect?
(joe from navy)
Dahl could be a five tool contributor at the big league level. Really good head on his shoulders. Eager to learn. No makeup concerns whatsoever. He's a guy who can impact the game in a lot of ways, and should be a first division big leaguer.

Giolito has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the minor leagues. I'm cool with him as the best P prospect, but I'd actually argue it's Julio Urias. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Tony Kemp? He's been great and was impressive when I saw him against Julio Urias in May. First-division 2B potential?
(Dustin Nosler from Stockton, Calif.)
Tony Kemp can hit. Plus hit tool going forward, with good speed and surprisingly good feel for 2nd base. First-division may be a stretch- he doesn't have power and he'll need to be a 6+ hitter or 7 with his small stature. He basically needs to be Altuve. How many Altuve's are there? I wrote him with second-divsion potential with a really good chance to become a utility guy that plays LF, CF, and 2B. Here's the report: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=90 (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I assume you have seen Julio Urias a good amount? What are your thoughts on him?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
He's my spirit animal. Here's my report.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=152 (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hypothetical Trade: The Rockies send Tulowitzki to the Dodgers for Joc Pederson and Julio Urias. Who says no? The Dodger can move HanRam to 3rd this(where he should be),aquire a SS for next year, they can afford him, and the Rockies get 2 top 20 prospects to add to their hoard. Smart in-division trade?
(Hypothetical Trades from Everywhere)
Rockies say no. I think they're inclined to say no to almost anything, and Urias plus Pederson isn't an overwhelming enough package. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Since he's about the same age as a high school draftee, I'm curious where you think Julio Urias would have gone in this year's draft? 1:1?
(jclarkin316 from Columbia)
He would have been in the discussion for 1:1 for sure. I saw something comparing Urias to Aiken and that particular scout preferred Aiken, though it was close. Both are extremely polished for their age. The Marlins wanted the velo in Kolek, so I don't know if he would've gone there either but he would have been in the discussion among the first few picks and would probably have gone top 5. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keep hearing that Julio Urias doesn't have much projection left. Does that really mean a 17yo has little room for improvement left?
(Not Donald Sterling from Los Angeles)
When I see that, I cringe. He doesn't have physical projection, sure. However, the arsenal has room to improve, including the consistency and command profiles. It often bothers me that people think Urias is maxed out as a pitcher at 17. He's just extremely polished, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it's an amazing thing. I'm not sure he has ace upside necessarily, but I'm firmly convinced he's top of the rotation material. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)I feel like I'm looking at a rerun of Zach Wheeler while I watch Archie Bradley progress. Do you see Archies' MLB early career mirroring Wheelers'? Will Julio Urias be up any sooner than 2017? How about jos Pederson, does LA make any space for him by 2016? Thanks for the Chat! Always appreciate your insights!
(Dragonbreath from Gurnee, IL)
That's not a bad comparison in that they are both blue-chippers (similarly sized, too) with control issues as they come up. I don't think Bradley will be instantly good upon arrival because of his control, but he'll have flashes of brilliance. Urias will take a while for sure, but Pederson can't waste away in AAA that long. If they can't really find room at any pt this year, then they have to look to trade him to fill other holes. It'd just be a massive waste for him to sit two more seasons in AAA (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming health, what is Julio Urias' floor?
(trigger1583 from CA)
#3 starter (Jason Parks)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the ceiling for Raimel Tapia based on his tools? Does he have best OF prospect in the game upside? (Assuming that when he's close, Buxton is already in MLB).
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
It's too early to put that on him, though I guess by the time he's in the upper minors, that's certainly a possibility. Remember, and I said the same thing about Julio Urias in another chat, that just because a player is having success at a young age doesn't raise his ceiling. His ceiling is based on his future tools, not what he's doing at a young age, as impressive as it may be. Just because Urias is pitching in A-ball at 17 doesn't make him a future ace. His stuff says number 2 starter. Same with Tapia. Just because he's young doesn't make him the best. Of course, his hit tool could make him the best, so there's that. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any concerns with Julio Urias's slow start?
(Scott from AZ)
Urias has nothing but time on his hands, and the fact that he is still growing means that he will fall out of his delivery on occasion as his physical profile continues to change. I'm not concerned at all. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)I just traded Nolan Arenado, Julio Urias and Brian Goodwin for David Wright in a 16 team, 40 man roster, 5x5 league. I am middle division team with a surplus of good prospects. Thoughts on the deal?
(Gravybill from New York, NY)
I think you gave up a lot, but if you think you can compete in the next two seasons, this is fine. I like Arenado more than most and used to like Goodwin more than most, though his star is fading in my eyes. Urias will be quite good, but not irreplaceable. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)What is the general consensus on Julio Urias? What he's doing at his age is impressive, but what exactly is his long term upside? Is he a front of the rotation starter, or will his potential be limited due to his size? Do you think his production at his age is sort of masking some of his flaws in his long term upside? Thanks in advance for the help. Absolutely love these chats.
(Marlon from CA)
Thanks, Marlon, I love doing these chats. It's a privilege. As far as Urias goes, what he's doing at his age is very impressive. I haven't seen him pitch so I'm just going off the numbers, and right now the numbers aren't great. He's 17 and in High-A though, and that is very impressive. That means he's farther along developmentally than all of his age group. I'm sorry I'm not answering the specifics of your question, they are better left to one of the BP prospect team, but when you see a guy pitch as well as Urias (i.e. miss bats) at his age and at this level, it bears watching. (Or is it bares watching? Pretty sure it's bears...) (Matthew Kory)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have in a dynasty league, Hunter Harvey or Julio Urias? And why?
(Clarke H. from NY)
Hard to believe the answer is an 17-year-old when it comes to keepers in fantasy, but heís probably closer to the majors than is Harvey, and when it comes to keeper leagues, thatís always a huge factor. That said, Harvey has the higher ceiling. Itís important to remember with Urias that just because heís doing what heís doing at an incredibly young age, it doesnít raise his ceiling. Urias projects as a number two while Harvey could be an ace. The floor is higher on Urias because heís closer to the majors. Itís your call on what you want. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Julio Urias is often pegged as not having much projection left. Why is that? Sure, he's odd in that he's young playing full season ball, but how many 17 year olds haven't been able to get between 'high school' and the big leagues? I feel like the prospect evaluators are being short-sighted or lazy with that label. Thoughts?
(brentdaily from boulder)
Most of the questions about projection with Urias center on his physical projection. There's not much room for change in the body, unless it goes in the wrong direction (which wouldn't be good for anyone). Without that physical projection, it is difficult to project an uptick in the raw stuff. His secondary pitches already show impressive polish for his age, and when that happens, you have to legitimately question where the big step forward is going to come from.

I liken this back to Dylan Bundy when he was first hitting pro ball; I had questions about where the big step forward was going to come from, and while everyone seemed to be screaming future ace, I was left wondering if we weren't looking at more of a 2/3 type. The same holds true in many respects with Urias; the arsenal, body and command are so advanced for his age, how much can we really project him to improve up on those traits. When that's the case, you have to be careful about getting carried away with the future role.

In the end, I don't think it is getting carried away to say Urias has a #2 ceiling and a likely role in the middle of an MLB rotation. (Mark Anderson)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the scouting report on Julio Urias from a mechanics perspective? Is it his mechanics that makes people think he could be ready for the big leagues as a teenager or something else? Thanks!
(cje0113 from Illinois)
He grades out quite well mechanically (per Doug Thorburn in our SP Guide this year), but he also has fantastic stuff. Throw in his left-handedness AND age and it's just bananas the upside this guy has. From a fantasy angle, I'm still taking the closer studs like Taillon, Syndergaard, Gray, Stephenson, and even Butler ahead of him, but I definitely like this youngster. (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I picked up Julio Urias in the 35th round of a 15 team league. I'll be able to keep him at a 4 round penalty per year through 2017. Did I do the right thing? Was also considering Clint Frazier with that same pick.
(Vic from Baltimore)
Without knowing everyone that was available, it's OK. It's just a matter of when he can get there and start delivering. But a 31 and 27 as you wait isn't egregious (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Julio Urias sustain a heavy work load with that frame?
(Dragonbreath from Gurtnee, IL)
his frame isn't close to mature, keep that in mind. So if you have doubts remember to project it forward. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for spending your time with us. As an investor, I favor growth stocks. Is my investment in Julio Urias growing? Or, has he reached the 6 foot height level yet? Again, thanks.
(nictaclacta from Glendale)
I don't know anything about investment trading but Urias is 17, there's still more growth potential there and he might make it to the majors as a teenager if everything breaks right. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is a likely ETA for Julio Urias? Ceiling? Floor?
(SJLedet from Alexandria, La)
Urias is a freak, and it's hard to figure out how to project freaks. He could race through the minor leagues and reach the LA in 2014, but I'm not sure that's what is best for his development. Residing somewhere in reality, I think he makes his debut in 2015. He could be a #2 starter and as far as his floor goes, I think you're looking at a back of the rotation arm. The big question that must be answered is just how much projection he has in his body/stuff...there are scouts that rightfully question whether he can really get THAT much better, and if that holds true, he comes in closer to his floor than his ceiling. (Mark Anderson)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Trying to temper my expections of Julio Urias but he evokes #bathnight. What is a realistic ETA and is he more likely a mid-rotation starter than what I want to believe?
(Marco from LA)
He's a stud. No doubt. Here's my concern--if you can really call it a major concern. How much better does he get? He's taller than his listed height, but by no means a physical specimen. The stuff is very good now (91-93 T 95); 50/55 CB/CH with a chance to be 6/6. That's great stuff, but its not special stuff. The pitchability makes the overall package even more appealing, as does the advanced development, but I don't see a frontline ceiling.

I think he could be a #2/3 starter, and sooner than people realize. I wouldn't be shocked if he reaches the majors as an 18-year-old. He's a no doubt top 50 prospect in baseball, and I might go #1 in the Dodgers system with him. Not sure yet. (Jason Parks)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Vegas over/under number of number 2 or better starters from this group: Lewis Thorpe, Julio Urias, Hunter Harvey, Edwin Diaz, Alex Reyes, Jesse Hahn, Steven Matz, Adalberto Mejia.
(huggirl from Joisey)
From that group, one pitcher will develop into a number two starter (or better). I was tempted to say 0. (Jason Parks)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, could you rank these pitchers by upside? Aaron Sanchez, Tyler Glasnow, and Julio Urias. Thanks.
(cracker73 from Florida)
Sanchez, Urias, Glasnow (Jason Parks)
2013-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Out of all the top pitching prospects out there at the moment, are there any that truly excite you to see how they progress next year?
(Lucas Punkari from Airdrie, Alberta)
Julio Urias, whom I wrote about today for Raising Aces. He is incredibly advanced for his age, yet he still has some growth and maturation ahead in terms of physical development, refinement of his arsenal, and honing his mechanics. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Doug. I find your pitching insights very interesting. I feel a little guilty that all I can do is ask selfish fantasy questions, but which do you see reaching their potential: Mark Appel, Jonathan Gray, or perhaps Julio Urias?
(Mr. Beef from Chicago)
No guilt necessary, Mr. Beef - I'm a huge fan of the fantasy game.

Your question is a good one, as these are three VERY different pitchers. Appel is most likely to reach his potential, because he is almost there already. He has a very high floor, but I feel that his ceiling is limited (he lives in a small room). I think that Gray has the most upside of the group, and he doesn't have too big of a hill to climb in order to get there. Urias might have the greatest potential in theory, given his age and right-now stuff (and left-handedness), but he also has the longest distance to go before reaching ceiling, and I think that he will need some refinement of his breaking ball in order to approach Gray's ultimate potential. But Urias' change-up is sick.

Oh, and how many times in one chat can I make a reference to climbing mountains and hills in order to reach a ceiling? I need to come up with some new phrases, or perhaps find an indoor mountain to climb.

On the jukebox: Rage Against the Machine, "Know Your Enemy" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you prefer out of two young foreign arms in Julio Urias and Lewis Thorpe? Both quick movers or more so the first than the second?
(Big Tex from San Antoine)
Urias. Even more advanced. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)At jury duty wondering if I should pull a Cusack (#RunawayJury). Which prospects have you seen whose mechanics were exceptional given their age/stuff/advancement?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I can't say "exceptional" but I can say what I like (I'm an analyst, not a scout) and there are plenty of guys I simply haven't seen yet. That said, Julio Urias pops to mind, no one that young should be in the MWL let alone pitch as well as he did. Taijuan Walker has that amazingly easy power. So does Aaron Sanchez, nice and balanced. Marcus Stroman has amazing arm speed and athleticism in his delivery. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have anything new on Julio Urias? Is it realistic for him to make it to the majors as a teenager?
(sitdancer from TPMD)
Urias still has a ways to go, but his combination of youth and advanced learning curve could put him in Dodger Stadium before his 20th birthday. He is an incredible specimen of the pitching order, and I will deep-diving the Urias situation in an upcoming Raising Aces column, coming to a website near you. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tyler Glasnow or Julio Urias?
(Brett from St. Louis)
Urias. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Help, Mark. Do you believe that Julio Urias is worth holding onto in a dynasty league with 10 Minor slots? Thanks
(nictaclacta from Glendale)
Our top notch fantasy team would be better suited for this, but given that I think Urias is a fantastic prospect and easily a Top 100 guy, I'd say you should hold onto him. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I saw somewhere that Dodgers officials are saying Julio Urias could be in LA as early as age 18. Given how agreesive they were with Puig, does this seem possible? Could he have a role 7 ceiling?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I don't think it has anything to do with Puig; player specific.

But yes, I think he could pitch in the majors as an 18-year-old. Some marketing and PR advantages built in with Urias. but the overall profile could justify such an aggressive developmental plan. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, I know they are extremely young & far away from the show but any thoughts on Tyler Glasnow, Luiz Gohara & Julio Urias? Are all 3 possibly role 7 pitchers as there ceilings?
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
Like you said, they're all a long way away with serious risk (especially Gohara), but very good ceilings. Urias has been really exciting this year. Flirting mid-90s in every start from the left side with a feel for pitching and a very advanced changeup. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I know they are extremely young & far away from the show but any thoughts on Julio Urias & Luiz Gohara & what there ceilings maybe?
(kiper90 from Rochester)
Julio Urias' numbers look terrific for a 16-year-old. He has an ace's ceiling, but he could be a #4-5. He's a long way off. Gohara's in rookie ball. Impressive for a 17-year-old, but he's in rookie ball. The Magic 8-ball says ask again later. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on 16 yo Julio Urias and his ultimate upside?
(Gary from Long Beach)
Julio Urias has a frontline starter ceiling. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Happy Friday, Paul. Excited about the prospect of your pitching website. Recently added Julio Urias and Luiz Gohara as long-term investments for dynasty league with ten slots for minors. Any possibility of either tracking Felix Hernandez?
(nictaclacta from Phoenix)
Waaaaaaaaaay early for that, but the fun of prospects is dreaming big. You have a looooooooong wait ahead of you, but plenty of dreaming! (Paul Sporer)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Julio Urias rank among the minor league pitcher talent pool?
(teaaker from Seattle)
Urias is just 16, and there is so such a large gap between what he is and what he will become that it is pure guesswork to compare him to 20-year old contemporaries. So I would not personally rank him just yet, and would defer to Jason Parks and our killer BP prospect team for an apt comparison, as I have yet to see Urias pitch for myself. - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19492 (Doug Thorburn)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, After seeing you rank Julio Urias at 41, I'm going to prescribe you some pills to treat your extreme case of Shiny New Toy Syndrome. Urias has been impressive in a small sample size in LoA, but last year Kyle Crick was arguably more impressive over a full season in LoA, with a higher K/9 and not giving up a single earned run in June. I know Urias is just 16, but it's almost as if Crick (and other US teenagers) are being penalized for being born in the US and therefore not eligible to succeed as early as some of their international counterparts. Also, the pills have been know to treat syphilis too, in case that means anything to you.
(Your Doctor from NY)
I'm not interested in the debate over LA signees and Rule 4 signees. Urias is on the list because his talent puts him on the list. I'm not some blogger using Google to compare players. I talk to people in the game, and if the reports on Urias weren't legit, I wouldn't have ranked him where I did. He's a 16-year-old 6'1'' lefty who is missing more than a bat an inning at the full-season level. If you don't think that's a legit prospect, you might need to invest in some pills of your own. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)


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Julio Urias has thrown 14 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2014, including pitches thrown in . In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (81mph), also mixing in a Change (82mph) and Sinker (96mph).