Dodgers: 5 players that prove LAD already has its next championship team in the works

Thomas Carannante
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his three run homerun with Zach McKinstry #8 and Gavin Lux #9, to take a 5-1 lead over the Washington Nationals, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on April 10, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his three run homerun with Zach McKinstry #8 and Gavin Lux #9, to take a 5-1 lead over the Washington Nationals, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on April 10, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

4. Julio Urias

Need a lefty No. 2 behind Buehler? Here’s your guy … as long as the Dodgers keep him in the starting rotation.

Julio Urias recorded the final out of the 2020 World Series and immediately became a franchise legend. At just 24 years old, the left-hander has appeared in 76 career games (40 starts) and owns a 3.18 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 241 strikeouts in 251.2 innings of work.

In the postseason? He’s 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 38.2 innings (18 total games, three starts).

Though he’s mostly been deployed as a hybrid pitching weapon, that’s sure to change as he continues to build up his strength after seeing limited time in 2017 and 2018 due to injuries and off-the-field issues. If his career hadn’t been interrupted by that, he might already be a mainstay in this rotation.

But he opens the 2021 season as a full-time starter for the first time in his big-league career and the Dodgers are likely hoping this is where he’ll be for the next decade or so. Already, he’s 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in his first two outings. He also barely surrenders home runs (0.7 per nine innings for his career), so that’ll support his narrative as a crafty lefty.

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