2020 might finally be the year of Julio. The 23-year-old Urias came into Dodgers camp looking slimmer and eager to earn a role among the starting 5 in the LA rotation. On Saturday, manager Dave Roberts said that is very likely.
For the short version, Doc said “right now that’s where we see him” as far as the rotation is concerned. The longer version has Roberts acknowledging a healthier looking Urias in 2020.
The conversations that we’ve had with Julio is more that he understands what’s in front of him. He’s got to continue to stay healthy, take care of his body… last year was difficult on a lot fronts, but also the inconsistency of role I think was hard for Julio.
Earlier this year, Urias spoke positively of his 2019 role, primarily his enjoyment of pitching in relief. However, he did acknowledge that “it was a little bit complicated” and that he sometimes didn’t know what he was doing.
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Dave Roberts touched on that as he continued his thought ahead of the Dodgers Cactus League opener.
We take for granted his buy-in sometimes, but now things will be more regimented as a starter. So what that, with the way he looks physically, to sustain that, I think he’s going to have a really nice year.
Of course, Urias had a nice year in 2019 as well. A look back at the successful but rocky season for the young lefty shows success both as a starter and reliever. In limited action as a starter over parts of 4 seasons, “El Culichi” has posted a 3.66 ERA in 123 innings pitched over 28 games.
Now given the chance to work into a routine full time, 2020 could finally be Julio’s time.