30 Players: Dodgers Will Limit Innings For Future Ace Julio Urias

By Rich Arleo

CBS Local Sports, in our 30 Players 30 Days spring training feature, profiles one young player from each Major League Baseball team leading up to opening day. 

2016 season (Minors): 11 G, 7 GS, 45 IP, 1.40 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 49 SO, 8 BB

2016 season (Majors): 18 G, 15 GS, 77 IP, 3.39 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 5 W, 84 SO, 31 BB

Up until last season, it was nothing but smooth sailing for Julio Urias since he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an international free agent at 16 years old.

He first hit Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect list at just 17 years old and rapidly rose up the ranks before entering last season as arguably the top pitching prospect in all of baseball. Unfortunately for Urias, his rookie season with the Dodgers began with some disappointment. It’s clear Urias will still need some time before coming the ace the Dodgers envision — though him becoming an ace at 19 years old was never the expectation in the first place.

Urias debuted on May 27 and was hit hard, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. After posting a 4.95 ERA in eight starts (just one quality start) he was optioned back to Triple-A. He resumed dominance down in the Minors and returned to the bigs for good in August. He was shuffled from the rotation to the bullpen and back to end the year. For the most part, his second stint was much better. In eight games (six starts) to finish the year, Urias gave up just five runs in 33 2/3 innings (1.34 ERA).

Even during the strong run to end the year, though, control was an issue. He finished the year with a poor 3.6 BB/9. This wasn’t anything new, either, as Urias had a 2.8 BB/9 in four minor league seasons. He’s never really been known for his control and likely never will be, but Urias can still dominate if he keeps it to under three walks per nine innings.

It’s of course crucial to note that Urias, who did end up with respectable numbers in his rookie year, was only 19 years old. He is still developing and should only improve as time goes on. The Dodgers are going to limit him to somewhere around 150-180 innings this season. After being optioned to Triple-A at the end of Spring Training, he probably won’t join the Dodgers until late April-early May.

Despite the innings limitations, Urias should be a formidable option for the Dodgers’ rotation for a majority of the season. The young left-hander features four pitches, all of which are effective. His fastball sits between 92-93 miles per hour and his changeup comes in with a ridiculously good 12 or 13-mph gap from his fastball (averaged 80 mph according to PITCHf/x data). He also relies on his slider and curveball almost equal amounts and can throw both for strikes.

When Urias joins the Dodgers he’ll have his spot in the rotation secured. ZiPS projections have him throwing 136 1/3 innings over 24 starts — which would be an ideal scenario. They project a 3.39 ERA, 3.17 FIP, 1.25 WHIP and 9 K/9 with seven wins on the year — strong numbers for a 20-year-old in what will essentially be his first full season.

Rich Arleo is a freelance sports writer and editor who covers Major League Baseball and fantasy sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Rarleo.


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Lexi Thompson Loses LPGA Major After TV Viewer Calls In Penalty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You know it’s 2017 when…

…a fan watching on television reports a violation on you in an LPGA major event, costing you a victory.

And that’s exactly what happened to 22-year-old Lexi Thompson on Sunday.

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Thompson was penalized four strokes on Sunday after a fan emailed the LPGA about a violation she committed on Saturday. Thompson eventually lost the major in a playoff So Yeon Ryu.

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The LPGA released this statement:

On Sunday afternoon, the LPGA received an email from a television viewer, saying that Lexi Thompson did not properly replace her ball prior to putting out on the 17th hole during Saturday’s third round of the ANA Inspiration. The claim was quickly investigated by LPGA Rules officials.

After a full review, it was determined that Thompson breached Rule 20-7c (Playing From Wrong Place), and received a two-stroke penalty under Rule 16-1b. She incurred an additional two-stroke penalty under Rule 6-6d for returning an incorrect scorecard in round three. She was immediately notified of the breach by LPGA Rules Committee in between holes 12 and 13 of the final round.

Tiger Woods and other golfers tweeted in support of Thompson.

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Thompson was gracious in defeat, despite ruling.

“It’s unfortunate what happened,” she said via CBSSports.com. “I did not mean that at all. I didn’t realize I did that. I fought strong through the finish and it was great to see the fans behind me. My caddie helped me out tremendously. We have a great relationship and he just said, ‘stay with it.’ I learned a lot about myself and how much fight I do have in me. And I don’t know, every day is a learning process, and I wasn’t expecting what happened today but it is what it is. It happens, and I’ll learn from it and hopefully I’ll do better. I am proud.”


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News, Politics and Entertainment with The Chris Stigall Show | April 3

Chris discussed the upcoming confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the unmasking of General Michael Flynn during surveillance of Russian officials and the new lawyer representing Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams against corruption charges. He also spoke with 94 WIP’s Ike Reese to preview tonight’s NCAA tournament final.

6:00 South Carolina’s women’s basketball team won the NCAA basketball championship.

6:18 House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week.

6:35 What’s Trending: NCAA Tournament, Opening Day, Wrestlemania, Lexi Thompson, ACM Awards

6:50 Fox News: High placed official responsible for unmasking General Michael Flynn.

7:00 District Attorney Seth Williams has found a new lawyer to represent him against accusations of corruption.

7:02 Is Philadelphia the most corrupt city in America?

7:20 Vanna White says she regrets posing for playboy.

7:35 April Fools Day was Saturday.

7:48 Dick Yuengling from the Yuengling Brewery discusses the consequences of hosting Donald Trump’s son during the presidential campaign.

8:00 Chris talks with Ike Reese from 94 WIP about tonight’s NCAA Tournament final.

8:19 Kurt Schlichter: The Russiagate scam will blow up in the Democrats smug faces.

8:35 What’s Trending: Boss Baby, Netflix, Lansdale police, Brie-once


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Russia: 10 Dead In St Petersburg Metro Explosion

By Angela Dewan

RUSSIA (CNN) — At least 10 people have been killed in twin blasts on a metro in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, state-run TASS reported.

The explosions took place on a subway car at the station.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin was aware of the reports of the explosions, state-run Russia 24 reported.

Putin was in St. Petersburg speaking at an event earlier Monday but it was not clear if he was still in the city.

A source earlier told TASS the explosions took place at the Sennaya Ploshchad station.

St. Petersburg is Russia’s second city.

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Atlantic City Expressway Lanes Reopen After Fuel Spill

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Officials have reopened the eastbound lanes on the Atlantic City Expressway.

Overturned Tanker Truck Shuts Down Stretch Of Eastbound AC Expressway 

Motorists faced delays and detours when a gasoline tanker flipped on its side near the Hamilton Township exit around 1 p.m. Sunday. Crews had to clean up 7,000 gallons of gasoline.

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The lanes reopened Monday, but officials say they may need to close lanes throughout the day as they continue to clean up the fuel.

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23. Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabilities Trattoria

LUIGI VITRONE’S PASTABILITIES TRATTORIA, 415 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington

Luigi takes his meatballs seriously. He’s got a video on Youtube, showing him pulling out his father’s ancient meat grinder, mixing up the top sirloin and pork loin and carefully following his grandmother, Nonna’s, original recipe.

We respect that. So on a recent errand to Wilmington, we made a side trip to the Little Italy neighborhood to check out his place. At night, it’s a sit-down eatery. During lunch, when we were there, he sells food right out of a window for carryout.

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We got a couple of meatballs on bread for just $3. Having already seen that video, we were ready to taste the coarsely chopped fresh parsley, basil, garlic and grated locatelli cheese. They were all there, along with a splash of red wine and some Pomodoro sauce.

And they were  . . .  good. Tasty enough to enjoy, but not special by the standards of this contest. I’ll deduct a few points for the pinkie-nail-sized chunk of undercooked garlic we found in one. I’ll add points for the purity of ingredients and tenderness of the meatball itself.

Score: 74/100


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Philadelphia’s School Superintendent Wants To Restore Real-World Life Skills In Curriculum

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s school superintendent wants to restore financial literacy to the curriculum of the city’s schools.

Dr. William Hite admits the old home economics courses that were taught years ago in the schools exposed students to balancing a checkbook, starting a savings account or even applying for a loan.

But those courses eventually disappeared due to funding cuts or to make room for other course offerings.

Now, Hite wants to bring the financial literacy component back. He says the target right now is the middle schools, particularly sixth graders.

“How do I start a savings account? And, what does it mean to establish a budget and we want to start that a time before our children begin to think about working, whether it’s in the summer, whether it’s babysitting.”

Hite says a handful of middle schools and even high schools already are moving in that direction thanks to workshops brought in annually by guest instructors from the banking community.

But now, Hite wants to formally incorporate the basic, real-world skills on how to manage finances into the district’s regular program of study.

 


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Ford Planning To Recall 52,000 Trucks

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ford is planning to recall 52,000 F-250s.

The automaker says certain trucks could move while in park.

Ford encourages owners to always use their parking break as a safety precaution.

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So far, no injuries or accident have been reported because of the defect.

The recall includes trucks built at a Kentucky plant beginning in October 2015.

Ford says the fix will be free.


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Trial Begins for 3 Teen Girls Charged In School Beating Death

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) – Close to a year after a fatal beating, three of Amy Joyner Francis’ classmates go on trial in family court.

On April 21 of last year, Joyner-Francis was attacked in a bathroom in Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.

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All three are charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy.

One of them, a 17-year-old girl, is also charged with criminally negligent homicide.


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Disco Biscuits, Spanish Fly: Cosby Lawyers To Argue Evidence

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Disco biscuits, Spanish fly and quaaludes could be on the agenda when Bill Cosby returns to a Pennsylvania court for the latest showdown over evidence in his sexual-assault case.

Cosby’s lawyers want to bar from the June trial any mention of quaaludes, also called disco biscuits.

Cosby has acknowledged getting the disco biscuits in the 1970s to give women before sex. But his lawyers say that’s irrelevant since they were banned 20 years before he met the trial accuser.

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Suburban Philadelphia prosecutors plan to argue Monday the actor’s experience with quaaludes shows he’s familiar with date rape drugs.

They also want to introduce a boyhood story from Cosby’s 1991 book “Childhood” about the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly.

The 79-year-old Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. He calls the encounter consensual.

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Weekend Box Office Report: Meet The New Boss Baby

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was The Boss Baby besting Beauty and the Beast at the box office over the weekend.

But not by much.

The animated comedy, The Boss Baby, featuring the voice of Alec Baldwin, debuted with an estimated take of $49 million.

As for the live-action remake of the classic animated tale, Beauty and the Beast, the ticket-selling leader of the last two weekends, it was the runner-up with just under $48 million.

Ghost in the Shell, the new action thriller starring Scarlett Johansson, placed third with $19 million, while the period drama, The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain, took in $4 million, good for tenth place.

Overall, industry-wide totals were well below those of last weekend, and even further behind those of a year ago.


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