Meet Julio Urias. He’s a 19-year-old pitcher who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Urias was *just* called up to the Majors by the Dodgers in an effort to strengthen their pitching staff.
Most pitchers his age stay in the minor leagues until they get a chance to develop. But Urias is special.
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Here’s what it’s like trying to hit one of his pitches.
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Blink and you might miss the ball.
Urias, a native of Culiacán, Sinaloa, was only 15 when he was “accidentally” discovered by the Dodgers.
The Dodgers were actually in Mexico to scout Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig — then they spotted a 15-year-old Urias throwing 90-mph fastballs.
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Some teams were reluctant to give Urias a chance due to his left eye. As a child, Urias had a benign tumor in his eye that required three surgeries to remove.
After the surgeries, Urias’ left eyelid drooped over most of his left eye.
The Dodgers had Urias’ eye checked and everything was all good, so they signed him once he turned 16.
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“That’s how God works. He gave me a bad left eye but a good left arm,” said Urias to The Los Angeles Times.
And for the last three years, Urias has been dominating Minor League Baseball.
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Urias has been so good that he’s earning comparisons to another Mexican lefty who took Major League Baseball by storm at 19: Fernando Valenzuela.
“It feels beautiful that they compare you to a great Mexican pitcher. He had a great career. I hope I, too, have a beautiful career,” said Urias to the Los Angeles Times.
Although he’s already reached an important milestone — making his parents proud — Urias is poised to become a star…
In a city, and on a team, that is ready to welcome him with open arms.
And he’s made some ~tough~ sacrifices to get there. They involve tacos.
Last year, Urias dropped 20 pounds to help facilitate his path to the Majors. Urias talked about it with USA Today: “It was a sacrifice, but it’s part of your job. I still ate tacos, but I would eat one instead of four or five like before.”