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Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Julio Urias

Once the Tigers made clear David Price was available for trade, and once the Dodgers were among teams expected to bid for Price, Detroit's ideal Dodgers prospect was destined to be Julio Urias, an 18-year-old left-handed starting pitcher.

Urias can throw a high-90s fastball in tandem with an extraordinarily advanced curveball, which is why his minor-league strikeout ratio is just under 12 whiffs per nine innings.

Urias is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and is from Culiacan, Mexico. Entering the 2015 season he was ranked among baseball's 10 prospects by Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus.

Urias has pitched at three different lower-rung stops this season in the Dodgers' farm chain and has these cumulative numbers: 11 starts, a 3.51 ERA, and a glittering WHIP of 1.01. In 48.2 innings, Urias has allowed 39 hits, while striking out 58 and walking 10.

It is doubted seriously by such national analysts as ESPN.com's Keith Law that the Dodgers would part with Urias in any short-term trade for Price.

Nonetheless, it is believed the Tigers, who are hearing from multiple clubs fixated on Price, are firm in wanting Urias in any deal with the Dodgers.

In May, Urias had surgery near his left eye to remove a benign mass. He was born with the mass near his eye but said it never affected his pitching.