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House of Shlain: First Look: Julio Urias

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a few interesting international signings last year. Everyone knows about Yasiel Puig by now as he's taken the majors by storm with a blazing .409/.437/.677 start to his career. When he signed in June of 2012, Baseball America called the deal “puzzling” and wondered if the Dodgers knew what they were getting. So far, it looks like they had a pretty good idea.

Last August, the Dodgers signed another international free agent in left-handed pitcher Julio Urias. Compared to Puig's signing, which was a long-term deal worth tens of millions of dollars, Urias' signing flew under the radar. Even entering this season, Urias was left off Baseball America's top-30 list of Dodgers prospects and Baseball Prospectus' top-10 Dodgers prospect list. Urias, signed out of the Mexican League, had no professional experience at that time and I also left him off my preseason top-200 fantasy prospects. He's 16 years old, I must have thought; how good could he be?

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