Julio Urías' rise through the Dodgers' minor league system 

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Julio Urías at just 16 years old on August 12, 2012, recognizing his potential early on despite his young age and the medical condition affecting his left eye. 

Urías made an immediate impact in his debut season in 2013 with the Great Lakes Loons, the Dodgers' Class A affiliate. At just 16 years old, he posted a 2.48 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 54.1 innings, showing maturity beyond his years. 

Urías quickly advanced through the minor leagues due to his consistent performances. By 2014, he was already pitching for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Dodgers' High-A affiliate, where he continued to impress with a 2.36 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 87.2 innings. 

In 2015, Urías moved up to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. He maintained a sub-3.00 ERA and continued to demonstrate excellent control and strikeout ability, cementing his status as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. 

 Urías began the 2016 season with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. His performance there included a 1.10 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 41 innings, proving he was ready for the major leagues.

 Throughout his minor league career, Urías showcased a diverse pitching arsenal, including a fastball that reached the mid-90s, a devastating curveball, a slider, and a changeup. His ability to command multiple pitches made him highly effective against advanced hitters.

 Despite his young age, Urías was noted for his maturity and poise on the mound. Coaches and scouts frequently praised his mental toughness and ability to handle pressure situations.

Urías' performances earned him recognition as one of the top prospects in baseball. He was consistently ranked among the top prospects by MLB Pipeline, Baseball America, and other major scouting organizations, further elevating his profile as he approached his MLB debut. 

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