Dodgers Invite Six More to Spring Training

Ever since he accepted the post as the new Dodger manager, Grady Little has been hearing about the glittering prospects in the Dodger system. Now, he'll get a chance to view some more of that talent up close with the invitation extended to six of those to drill with the major leaguers as non-roster players this spring.

In addition to those already on the roster such as Andy LaRoche, James Loney, Joel Guzman and Greg Miller, three pitchers - righthanders Chad Billingsley and Justin Orenduff and lefthander Eric Stults - along with second baseman Tony Abreu, outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Edwin Bellorin will be with the big leaguers when they assemble next month.

Billingsley, a first-round choice in the 2003 draft, is generally regarded as the top pitching prospect in the organization. Last season he was 13-6, 3.51 with 162 strikeouts in 124 innings for Jacksonville's Southern League champions.

He climaxed his season by throwing seven-no hit innings against Birmingham in game one of the championship series.

Orenduff was a supplemental first-rounder out of Virginia Commonwealth University in the 2004 draft. A former Team USA performer, he began last season at Vero Beach where he was 5-3, 2.24 before being promoted to Jacksonville where he posted a 5-2, 4.07 mark.

Stults broke in as a 15th -rounder out of Bethel, Indiana, College in 2002, then moved from rookie ball to AA in that same year. Last season, recovering from arm surgery, he was 4-3, 3.31 at Jacksonville, then moved up to Las Vegas where he was 3-7, 6.58.

Abreu joined the organization as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2003. In 2004, he led the Florida State League in batting with a .327 mark that included four homers and 43 runs batted in. He also went up to Jacksonville where he was .250-0-9.

Kemp, a sixth -round draft pick in 2003, had a breakout season at Vero Beach including a franchise record 27 home runs. He drove in 90 runs while batting .306. He then went on a standout post-season for the Arizona Fall League champion Scottsdale Scorpions.

Bellorin, a native of Venezuela, was .273-3-33 for Vero Beach. He became a free agent at the end of the season but then re-signed with the Dodgers.