As Julio Urias himself put it, God gave him a bad left eye but a good left arm which has become a source of blessing for him and his family. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, who is easily identifiable thanks to his sloppy left eye, became the youngest starting pitcher to make their Major League Baseball debut since 2005, at the age of 19.
Urias has since become a revelation for his team by becoming the youngest Dodgers pitcher to ever pitch in the post-season. Read on to find out more about the career, family, earnings, and eye of the relief pitcher.
Early Life and Career
Julio Urias was born Julio Cesar Urias Acosta to Juana Isabell and Carlos Urias on the 12th of August, 1996, in Culiacan, Mexico. According to his parents, Urias has almost always been the youngest and most talented player on any field he found himself playing on while growing up, after having learned how to play the game with his father right from the time he was a toddler.
So impressive was Urias’ talent that by the age of 10, he began joining the Mexico national team on road trips before he later started playing with them. By the time he was 14, he met the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers Scout Mike Brito, who had been hearing good things about his talent. Brito and the Dodgers kept an eye out for Urias who continued to perfect his game by playing for the Diablos Rojos del Mexico of the Mexican League. The Dodgers waited until Urias turned 16 on the 12th of August, 2012 before they signed him.
After agreeing to join the Los Angeles based team, Julio Urias was assigned to the Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League. Despite making his professional debut almost a year after signing papers, on the 25th of May, 2013, Urias was still able to become the youngest player in the league. He celebrated his first game by striking out six batters over three shutout innings. After a year with the Loons, Urias was assigned to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League where his performances earned him the Dodgers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year award as he also earned a selection to play at the 2014 All-Star Futures Game for the World team.
Following his impressive showings, the Dodgers invited Urias to attend its major league spring training camp ahead of the 2015 season. Urias was, however, the first to be cut from the roster as he was assigned to the AA Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League. After a few months, he was promoted to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers after which he now finally secured a spot in the Dodgers’ roster ahead of the 2016 season.
Julio Urias’ Net Worth
Julio Urias’ net worth is unknown. The player, who has only played in two major league baseball seasons, as of 2018, has not been able to get his big payday which will prompt popular celebrity net worth calculating magazines and websites like Forbes and celebritynetworth.com to come up with a figure.
In his first season in the majors in 2017, the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is itself the second most valuable team in all of Major League Baseball with a value of $2.4 billion, paid Urias $540 thousand. In his second year, he put pen to paper on a $550 thousand contract.
What Happened To His Eye?
The first thing that is noticed when looking at Julio Urias is that his left eye appears to either be lazy or tired. Unfortunately, that is not the case as the pitcher’s droopy eyelid is as a result of the three procedures he received as a child to remove a benign tumor. The operations were deemed successful at the time and Urias can see with the eye even though it appears to be closed all the time.
In 2015, Urias, who was still playing in the minor leagues, elected to undergo a cosmetic surgery to further improve the eye as well as remove all periorbital benign mass.
Height and Weight
In Major League Baseball, where the average height of players who play as pitchers is 6 feet 0 inches, Julio Urias is among the shorter ones with a height of 5 feet 11 inches or 1.83 m. He further weighs about 98 kg or 216 pounds, which is about 12kg or 26 pounds more than the average baseball player.