Six Named For Arizona Fall League Play

Six of the elite prospects in the Dodger system have been assigned to play in the Arizona Fall League this year while several pitching moves have been made as teams ready for the playoffs.

Three pitchers, righthanders Chad Billingsley and Edwin Jackson, along with lefthander Greg Miller, all currently with Jacksonville, will participate in the annual event which features the top prospects in the game. Position players named are third baseman Andy LaRoche and second baseman Tony Abreu, also with Jacksonville, and outfielder Matt Kemp with Vero Beach.

They are expected to play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, a team that this year will be managed by Vero Beach's Scott Little.

Meanwhile, pitching moves saw shuffling upward by twos. Righthander Kyle Wilson and lefthander Wesley Wright have been advanced from Columbus to Vero Beach. Wilson, who signed too late last year to see action, is a 2004 22nd rounder from UCLA who began the year at Vero but was dropped back when he ran into some hard times. However, he recovered nicely as a sometimes closer with Columbus, posting a 2.16 ERA with one win and two saves Wright is a power lefty despite the fact that he's only 5-11, 160. He had a sparkling 1.93 ERA as a set-up man although his record was only 1-5.

Replacing those two at Columbus are righthanders Jordan Pratt and Nate Hochgesang. Pratt, a fifth-round choice in 2003, finally seemed to find himself in this, his third season at Ogden where he was 2-2, 3.25 with 35 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. He was used in middle relief as was Hochgesang, a free agent signee from Cal State-Northridge last summer. He was 1-2, 4.25.

With the Gulf Coast team obviously out of running for the playoffs, its top two pitchers were dispatched to Ogden. Leftthanded starter Ramon Parades was 6-0, 2.34, holding opponents to a .222 batting average. Righthander Miguel Ramirez had been the closer for the Dodgers with an 0-1, 1.64 record, chalking up five saves.