Dodger Prospect Brian Pilkington

27th in a series as we count down among the top Dodger prospects.

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Mission Viejo, Cal.
DOB- Sept. 17, 1982
Height- 6-5
B/T- R-R
04 Club -Disabled List

Pilkington is another pitcher who seemed on track to make it up before an arm injury cut him down. In his case, a shoulder problem that flared up this past spring forcing surgery that cost him the entire season.

He was the top Dodger draft pick in 2001 albeit in the second round since they had forfeited their first selection that year. Although he didn't do well that first season at Great Falls (0-1, 5.63) he settled in thereafter succeeding at both South Georgia and Vero Beach in 2002. In 2003, he went 10-6, 388 at Vero earning a promotion to Jacksonville where he finished the season with a 3-0, 3.34 mark.

He features an an average to above fast ball , reaching the low 90's, an effective curve as well as a change, all of which he can keep consistently in the zone. His problem was, in fact, that he didn't seem to want to waste pitches so batters would lean on him , knowing he'd be around the plate. Still, the learning curve was good, thus he kept getting better. That is, before the injury. The prognosis now has him returning to action early in 2005 to start rebuilding his career once more.