Julio Urias responds to demotion with impressive showing

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20:  Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws  pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

20-year-old pitching sensation Julio Urias has taken a detour back to the minor leagues after going through a rough patch at the MLB level, and the Dodgers faithful will be hoping his first appearance since returning to Triple-A Oklahoma City is a sign of promising things to come.

Urias' statline of six innings pitched with one earned run, four strikeouts and two walks was impressive, but so was his strike-to-ball ratio. The left-hander that has struggled with command this season recorded 59 strikes on 92 pitches.

Urias is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts at the MLB level in 2017. 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated earlier in year that Urias had arrived with the big league club for good. A crowded starting rotation coupled with 13 earned runs allowed over a 6.2-inning span, however, forced the club's hand.

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