One can take a week to renew ones lifelong history from Portland to Otisfield and a new guy is just too good not to hear about.
His name is Julio Urias. He pitches for the Great Lakes Loons, close to the U.P. up in Midland, Michigan.
When Dodgers scouting guru Logan White and his people were down scouting Yasiel Puig in Mexico last year, they heard about a Mexican tournament, went over to take a look and saw this kid who at the time was 15 years old, and signed him for $1.75M.
Fast-forward to Aug. 12, 2013, Urias’s 17th birthday. “I have never seen a 17-year old like him,” says one scout. “He is unbelievable. Kind of a Wandy Rodriguez build, but a strong core. Throws 94-96 with legitimate athleticism, has a breaking ball and a curveball. One thing I look for is anxiety. This kid has none. He knows exactly who and what he is.
“Think about this—he’s got to be one of the best prospects I’ve ever seen. And if he were in the States, when he went back to school in the next few weeks, he’d be a junior. A junior. He’d be eligible for the 2015 draft. This guy might be in the big leagues before he could be drafted.
Think about what White and his people have accomplished in the last 15 months. They signed Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Their last two first draft picks, shortstop Corey Seager and righthanded pitcher Chris Anderson, are also on that Loons team and considered boffo prospects.
So from the shores of Pleasant Lake, I will be looking for Julio Urias video and how, as a rising high school junior, he has 58 strikeout/15 walk numbers in 47 1/3 innings in the Midwest League.