Dodgers Sign 16-Year-Old Mexican LHP Julio Urias + Video

The Dodgers have secured the rights to 16-year-old Mexican left-handed pitcher Julio Urias, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.

Some scouts considered Urias, whose rights were transferred from Mexico City of the Mexican League, to be one of the better pitching prospects on the market. He has touched 92 mph and shown good feel for pitching for his age. Baseball America subscribers have access a complete scouting report on Urias.

Terms of Urias’ deal were not immediately available, but whatever the Dodgers did pay to secure his rights, not all of it will count against their $2.9 million international bonus pool for the 2012-13 signing period. MLB has said that for Mexican League transfers of Mexican-born citizens, only the amount that goes to the player (usually 25 percent) will count against the team’s international bonus pool.

He has a good delivery, a loose arm, he’s able to cut his fastball and throw it for strikes, which is why some scouts prefer him to Venezuelan lefthander Jose Castillo. His changeup is one of the best secondary pitches in this year’s class, throwing the pitch in the high-70s and earning plus to plus-plus future grades from scouts.

As I said before, the investment the new ownership is putting back into player development is wonderful. With kids these young, who knows what will happen to them, but it’s promising that the Dodgers are now willing to go out there and spend to get the top guys.

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Bucs Dugout gave this information on the player, compiled when the Pirates offered him a deal last November.

Urías has thrown a no-hitter to lead his amateur team to a championship, played for the Mexican national team in the youth World Cup, and thrown out the opening pitch for the LMP season. Not too shabby.

The Puro Beisbol article also makes reference to the Pirates offering to pay for the cost of rehabilitating one of Urías’s eyes as part of their offer. This piece from 2010 indicates that he was born with a tumor in his left eye, and that he required surgery to correct the condition.

I wonder if he got that eye issue fixed yet. I’m guessing yes.

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