J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reported on Saturday that the Dodgers are considering promoting pitching prospect Julio Urias to work out of the bullpen. Manager Dave Roberts said, “We’re looking through options and Urias is definitely at the top of the list.” Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times added that the club is also considering Jharel Cotton and Jose De Leon, but Urias is “leading discussions.”
Urias, 19, is considered by MLB Pipeline — and many others — to be the Dodgers’ best prospect. MLB Pipeline ranks Urias second among all prospects behind only Lucas Giolito of the Nationals.
In four starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Urias has a 1.88 ERA with a 29/3 K/BB ratio over 24 innings. He’s considered to have plus stuff across the board and is believed to be close to major league ready despite still being a teenager.