Casey Hoorelbeke - prospect #52

Third in a series on the top Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best.

Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence-Rancho Palos Verde, Cal.
Date of Birth- April 4, 1980
Height- 6-8
05 Club- Vero Beach (High A)

There were two major changes for Hoorelbeke in 2005 and both may have thrust him forward. First, he altered his arm slot from straight over-the-top to a sidearm delivery that began at three-quarters and gradually dropped further down as the season progressed until he's virtually a submariner now.

The result- his pitches coming from his extra-large frame bore in on righthanded hitters in a menacing style. The other saw him move from a starting role into the bullpen.

He was very effective for most of the season, going 9-3, 2.40. Used occasionally as a closer, he picked up four saves.

He possesses an above average fast ball and good secondary pitches and added a splitter during the instructional camp that should help as well.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent by George Genovese just as his older brother Jesse (no longer in the system), he was a basketball standout at Lewis & Clark State in Idaho , where he lived most of his life before moving back to California.

His father, Peter Rivera, is the founder of and lead singer for the rock group Rare Earth.

Previous selections:
#53 -- OF Trayvon Robinson
#54 -- RHP Ramon Troncoso