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17-year-old Julio Urias looks strong with the Dodgers

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A new teenage prodigy from Mexico, Julio Urias, has surfaced as having a promising future with the Dodgers. On Saturday Julio Urias started for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a win over the San Diego Padres, reported ESPN on March 16, 2014. Urias had nine strikes in 14 pitches. Urias is a 17-year-old prospect who is from Mexico.

The young left-hander went 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA in 18 starts for Single-A Great Lakes last season. In spite of being anticipated to start the season in Single-A, Urias has said he has hopes he will make it to the majors this season, but at least to Double-A if not that far yet. Urias said on Saturday, "I feel prepared. When the opportunity presents itself, I'll be ready."

Urias became the hottest story of the day when he pitched a perfect first inning in the opening game of a doubleheader, in a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres, reports The Los Angeles Times. His fastball clocked as high as 97 mph, as Urias struck out two of the three batters which he faced. Fernando Valenzuela was impressed by Urias, who has been compared to Valenzuela when he started out. Valenzuela said, "He's a gamer. He likes to pitch. That's the main thing. He likes the game, he likes to challenge the hitters.” It looks like Urias will have a great future with the Dodgers.

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