It was immediate futures versus immediate futures on display at the Ballpark last night.
Both team sent out their top rookie pitcher. The finest their respective farm system had to offer.
Both showed signs of youth. With the Rangers’ Ariel Jurado, it was the inability to locate. With the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, it was the inability to be efficient.
Buehler was the Dodgers’ first round pick in 2015. He has been the first player any opposing team has asked for in a trade with Los Angeles, and the one player the Los Angeles GM has said is untouchable. At times this year he has been unhittable.
Jurado never was that kind of prospect. He is in the major leaugues at this point in his career by default. De fault of Jon Daniels’s bone dry farm system.
Jurado was able to go just 2.2 innings because he was hit hard. Buehler was able to go just four innings because his pitch count was too high.
In the end, Jurado took the loss. Buehler got a no decision since he didn’t make it long enough. But he left with a 5-2 lead, and his team won 8-4.
Jurado represents the best young pitching in the Rangers system. Buehler does the same with the Dodgers.
It’s easy to see the immediate futures of both franchises.
Alex Wood (7-6, 3.60) vs. Mike Minor (10-6, 4.40)
Game time: 7:05