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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

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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

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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.

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Make plans to watch Julio Urias

The consensus second-best pitching prospect in the game will fill in for Alex Wood and become the first teenager to start a major league game since Felix Hernandez in 2005 (and Hernandez was the first since 1991). Five things we learned Thursday

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Age has never been a factor for Urias

Julio Urias has always been much younger than the competition he's faced at each level of the minors and has still posted dominant numbers. The 19-year-old will make his major league debut on Friday.

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Donte Whitner one of best available

He was released by the Browns too late to cash in during free agency, but the 30-year-old Whitner can still play. John Clayton thinks he'd fit well with the Rams. Best remaining FAs