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Dodgers top prospect Julio Urias to be called up for Friday start

The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to usher in the big-league career of their top prospect Friday when left-hander Julio Urias makes his major-league debut in New York against the Mets.

The club is expected to purchase the contract of the 19-year-old Urias, adding him to both the 40-man and the 25-man active roster. Friday's expected starter, Alex Wood, will miss his outing with triceps soreness, but the Dodgers are expecting him to return to action Monday at Chicago against the Cubs.

Urias has not only been considered the Dodgers' top prospect, he has been hailed by many as the top overall prospect in baseball. He has not disappointed at Triple-A Oklahoma City, posting a 4-1 record with a 1.10 ERA over eight outings (seven starts). He has thrown 41 innings.

The Mexico native is also in the midst of a 27-inning scoreless streak at Oklahoma City, recording five more scoreless innings in his most recent start last Friday against Salt Lake.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent in August of 2012, Urias already has earned comparisons to another dynamic Dodgers left-hander out of Mexico, Fernando Valenzuela. Urias will make his debut Friday in front of Valenzuela, who is a member of the team's Spanish-language broadcast team.

Even before the season started, Urias had held opponents to a .219 batting average in three previous seasons in the organization. He now has a 1.08 WHIP and has struck out 10.5 batters per nine innings, including his numbers this season.