Dodger Prospect Justin Orenduff

38th in a series as we count down among the top Dodger prospects.

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Chesapeake, Va.
DOB- June 14, 1985
B/T- R-R
04 Club- Ogden (Rookie)

The Dodgers had two extra picks in the 2004 draft because the Yankees signed Paul Quantrill. With the supplemental choice at the end of the first round they chose Orenduff from Virginia Commonwealth University who had been a member of Team USA for whom he had gone 6-0, .131 in the summer of 2003.

He came into pro ball having thrown a lot of innings for a so-so college team; thus, he was used carefully. His record was unprepossing (2-3, 4.74). However, in his last start he pitched five innings of one-hit ball and the feeling is that, plus the fact that he struck out 57 batters in 44 innings is more an indication of his true ability.

With long arms, he delivers from 3/4 with a low 90's fast ball that has good run and a hard slider that is his best pitch. He throws with command and may well be able to skip low A this next season because of his experience.