Dodgers to retire Julio Urias's number? No, but the hype is already out of control

By now you know that 19-year-old Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias will make his major league debut tonight against the Mets.Urias’ fastball tops out at around 97 mph, but the hype surrounding him on social media is traveling much faster. MORE: Struggling aces worth the worry? | Yasiel Puig pulled from game for being PuigBefore t

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hrowing his first pitch, Urias is already being anointed Clayton Kershaw’s heir apparent as baseball’s best pitcher. By the time Urias takes the mound tonight, some may be calling the legendary Sandy Koufax a poor man’s Julio Urias.As Los Angeles Times sportswriter Houston Mitchell quipped in his notebook Friday morning, “With the way social media has been reacting, I’m wondering if it is too soon to retire Julio Urias’ number.”Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal said former Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke called Urias “the most perfect pitching prospect I’ve ever seen.”Peter Gammons went back 40 years to find a good comparison, citing Frank Tanana, Nolan Ryan’s old running mate with the California Angels.Per Julio Urias’s debut, I think of the young,pre-injury Frank Tanana, who at ages 21-23 was 98-59, 2.53, 735 K, 207 BB on a bad Angel team— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) May 27, 2016Deadspin tweeted, “Hell yeah, Julio Urias is coming.”ESPN compared Urias to former Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela, because of some obvious similarities: They’re both short left-handers from Northern Mexico who debuted at age 19. But statistically, they said Urias’ numbers so far match up to Kershaw’s minor league statistics. Kershaw had the edge in ERA, but Urias had better WHIP and strikeout-to-walk ratio numbers.MORE: Not every great player wins title, but Mike Trout still has timeBeckett Media is already speculating on which Urias rookie card to put away for investment purposes.2013 Bowman Sterling or 2014 Bowman Chrome Autograph – which Julio Urias would you pick? https://t.co/cLPCzBe1Fx pic.twitter.com/AnKuj2l4Xf— Beckett Media LLC (@beckettmedia) May 18, 2016 Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted, “When I saw him in spring, looked like a very young David Price.”Of course, we won’t know how good Urias is until he’s got a few appearances under his belt. But we’ll get our first look tonight. “God gave me a bad left eye but a good left arm.” Happy Julio Urias day, everyone! pic.twitter.com/aRuPjen0Sf— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) May 27, 2016Until then, as veteran baseball writer Molly Knight Tweeted, “Happy Julio Urias Day, everyone!”