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Julio Urias effectively wild in 2015 spring debut

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Photo: Eric Stephen | True Blue LA

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias made his first Cactus League appearance of 2015 on Friday, and was wild in his 1⅔ innings of work in the Dodgers' 10-1 win over the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.

The 18-year-old left-hander walked three and went to three balls against one other batter, throwing 42 pitches, including 24 strikes. He also threw a wild pitch.

"He's got a lot of confidence," said Dodgers Spanish language broadcaster and former young left-handed pitching phenom Fernando Valenzuela. "He had good stuff. He was just a little wild."

Urias also had his high points, with two strikeouts and a pickoff of old friend Elian Herrera trying to steal second base. None of the seven batters Urias faced hit the ball out of the infield.

"He looked like a guy making his first start of spring training. A little bit erratic, a little bit anxious," said catcher A.J. Ellis. "When you're erratic and anxious, but still have electric stuff, you can get away with a lot of things. We saw a little bit of everything."

He struck out Shane Peterson swinging on a fastball in the third inning, then got Scooter Gennett swinging on a bouncing curve ball two batters later.

"I got a lot of confidence from that first inning," Urias said.

After back-to-back walks to Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis, Urias was pulled with two outs in the fourth inning, having reached his pitch limit.

"Today they just weren't chasing," Valenzuela said. "Not bad for a first outing."

"The future is bright. If he stays with the process, he's going to be really special," Ellis said. "He's a really sharp guy. He's got a brilliant mind for pitching. He knows what he wants to do out there. When he gets his command sharper, you'll see him roll through lineups."