Dodgers prospect left-hander Julio Urias has emerged as one of the best pitching prospects in the game at the age of 18, posting a 2.53 ERA over his first 178 innings in pro ball, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to miss a month due to cosmetic surgery on his left eye.
Urias had a tumor removed from his eye as a child, but it left him with a droopy eyelid. It hasn’t affected his ability to pitch and the upcoming surgery is considered elective. The expectation is that he’ll be back in game action by the end of June.
Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler said the organization supports Urias’ decision and were watching his workload anyway. This midseason break will allow him to pitch later into the season and perhaps leaves a September call-up on the table.
Ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the game by Baseball America over the winter, Urias has posted a 3.00 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio in 36 innings over his first seven starts with Double-A Tulsa this season. Pretty special stuff at his age.