Julio Urias

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Before the 2020 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers took the wraps off Julio Urías, and then, the pandemic happened. Urías played an integral role in the miraculous 2020 world championship season. He pitched well during the 2021 season, enabling his team to go to the postseason, but by then, Urías was worn out.

Urías came to the Major Leagues as a nineteen-year-old. At no point during his Major-League career, he was not overwhelmed. In 2017, he suffered a major shoulder injury that needed surgery and an eighteen-month rehabilitation process. After he returned to the Dodgers, the organization used Urías gingerly to prevent another arm injury.

The left-handed pitcher is incredibly talented. Although Urías’ fastball is straight, it can touch 97-miles-per-hour, creating many strikeouts. He has a great slurve, but his best pitch is a changeup. Since his pitch selection induces many grounders, he can keep his pitch count down.

While no one talked about Urías in the same breath as the National League Cy Young Award, Urías had a magnificent 2021 season. He pitched a career high in innings of 185.2. He made 32 starts. He had 20 wins, 4 losses, and a 2.96 ERA. He had marvelous control with 38 walks while striking out 195.

Urías struggled through the 2021 postseason because of exhaustion. Like Walker Buehler, Urías may be prone to an injury during the 2022 season. Barring either a trade or a free agent signing, he is slated to be the second starter in the Dodger rotation.

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