Dodgers: Constructing the ideal rotation for Los Angeles

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Sep 24, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 14, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias (7) delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /

Julio Urias

The Dodgers called up Julio Urias from AAA on April 24th, and have got mixed results from him. While Urias has been able to keep runs off the board with a 3.43 ERA, he has struggled with his location shown by his 11 walks in just 21 innings. Despite the struggles, Urias is the third best talent on this team and the 20-year-old will only get better with seasoning.

The former top prospect has impressed during his short time in the majors. He has shown some great maturity against big league hitters. In his Urias’ previous 18 games (15 starts) last season, he posted a 2.73 ERA and flashed his potential as a future ace. I don’t think we’ve seen anywhere close to the true ceiling Urias has to offer.

In Julio’s last start at Coors Field, he got roughed up for six runs on seven hits and only got through four innings before being pulled. This didn’t seem like a typical “Coors” game, it just seemed as if Urias didn’t have is A stuff that day, which is okay for a pitcher still in development.

Julio Urias has given us a lot of hope for the future and he has done everything he can to earn a spot in the rotation for now. Expect him to move his way up the rotation each year and hopefully form a strong 1-2 punch with Clayton Kershaw for years to come.

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