LOS ANGELES -- It's happening. Dodgers phenom Julio Urias will make his major league debut on Friday night, starting for the Dodgers against the Mets in the series opener at Citi Field in New York, the club announced on Thursday.
Urias, 19, has 27 consecutive scoreless innings in Triple-A, and this season has a 1.10 ERA for Oklahoma City, with 44 strikeouts and eight walks in 41 innings. The left-hander was originally scheduled to start on Thursday night for OKC in Fresno.
He was either the top or second-rated pitching prospect in baseball entering the season by most national prospect experts, depending on where Lucas Giolito of the Nationals was rated.
Alex Wood was originally supposed to start on Friday, but was pushed back to Monday in Chicago as he is dealing with soreness in his left triceps.
The Dodgers will need to make corresponding moves to add Urias to both the 40-man and active roster.
At 19 years, 289 days old on Friday, Urias will be the youngest Dodgers starting pitcher since Dick Calmus on Aug. 23, 1963.