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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"I will take really good care of your son" -Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to Juani Urías, Julio's mom

Julio Urías has some striking similarities to Fernando Valenzuela (0:30)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers insist that while there is an outline for how they see Julio Urias' season progressing, there are no guarantees past the 19-year-old's debut Friday at New York. "He's at 90 pitches tonight, and after tonight we'll all sit down and evaluate going forward what is best for Julio as well as the organization," manager Dave Roberts said. So whether Urias starts in five days at Wrigley Field against the Cubs remains to be seen.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted to being "anxious" in advance of Julio Urias' major league debut Friday at New York. The 19-year-old left-hander is the Dodgers' top prospect and is considered by many as the top prospect in all of baseball.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dave Roberts greets the Urías Family. Asked me to translate his message, "I will take good care of your son"

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The Urías Family: Brother Carlos Alberto, sister Alexia, mother Juani and father Don Carlos with Dodgers Quality Assurance Coach Juan Castro

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says they will talk about whether Julio Urías will stay in rotation or not after his start today.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he cared to comment about his major league debut, Clayton Kershaw didn't even wait for a Julio Urias question to be asked. "He's just better. He's just better than I was at 19. Much better," Kershaw said about his teenage teammate, who will make his major league debut Friday. At 20-years old, Kershaw threw 102 pitches during his debut on May 25, 2008, giving up two runs on five hits of a no-decision against the Cardinals, while striking out seven.

Pide familia a Julio Urías disfrute su debut en Grandes Ligas

Emocionado el padre del serpentinero que a sus 19 años se convertirá en el segundo pelotero mexicano más joven en debutar en la gran carpa, sólo detrás de Aurelio Rodríguez. Leer

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Julio Urías will wear number 78 in his MLB debut tonight at Citi Field

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers will have Yasmani Grandal behind the plate Monday to catch the debut of 19-year-old starter Julio Urias. With fellow starter Alex Wood pushed back to Monday because of triceps soreness, the Dodgers will have their top prospect make his major league debut against the Mets.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The beginning of "Juliomanía"? Julio Urías debuta esta noche en Citi Field

Significance of Urias' debut with Dodgers (1:27)
Stats & Info

Do Dodgers have next Clayton Kershaw?

Julio Urias' numbers in the minors are very similar -- and in some cases, better -- than Kershaw's were before he was called up.

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Clay Helton knows USC needs more than just talent

With his team facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, Clay Helton is stressing toughness -- physical and mental -- for the Trojans.

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Urias, Valenzuela have plenty in common

Julio Urias naturally draws comparison to Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela, and with good reason:

  • Both are from northern Mexico
  • Both are left-handed pitchers
  • Both are undersized (Valenzuela - 5-foot-11, Urias - 6-0)
  • Both were discovered by Dodgers scout Mike Brito
  • Both will have debuted at 19 years old

Stats & Info

L.A. has good history with young lefties

At 19 years and 289 days, Julio Urias will become the youngest Dodgers left-handed pitcher to debut since Sandy Koufax in 1955 (19-176). The other three southpaws on this list combined to win seven Cy Young Awards.