RHP Justin Orenduff, Prospect #11

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

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Chesapeake, Va.
DOB- May 27, 1983
B/T- R/R
05 Clubs- Vero Beach (High A), Jacksonville (AA)

Chosen as a first round supplemental pick in 2004, Orenduff was handled gingerly because of the number of innings he had piled up for Virginia Commonwealth. The results at Ogden were inauspicious (2-3, 4.74) but he showed the arm that had made him a starter on Team USA so the Dodgers were undeterred.

He began fulfilling their hopes in 2005. Jumped to Vero Beach, he became that team's most reliable starter, reeling off a succession of impressive performances.

He went 5-3, 2.24 to be named to the Florida State's All-Star game but instead was moved up to Jacksonville. There he settled into the rotation where, for the most part, he continued to demonstrate the stuff of a strong prospect (5-2, 4.07)

His fast ball resides in the low 90's and has a good sink to it . He keeps it low so is much more of a groundball than a strikeout pitcher.

He throws a formidable 82-84 slider with good bite which he often uses as an out pitch and a changeup which is not always a plus pitch though it seems to be getting there.

He likes to change speeds, keep the batters off-balance and has a nice, easy motion. In all he looks like someone who could become a middle of the rotation starter in the big leagues.

He'll attend the Dodger spring camp as a non-roster invitee and could either start the year at Las Vegas or move up there sometime during the season.

Previous Selections
#12 -- LHP Hong-Chih Kuo
#13 -- 2B Tony Abreu
#14 -- OF Andre Ethier

#15 -- 2B-OF D.Y. Young
#16 -- SS Chin-Lung Hu
#17 -- 2B-3B Willie Aybar
#18 -- RHP Blake Johnson
#19 -- LHP Tim Hamulak

#20 -- RHP Frankelis Osoria
#21 -- RHP Jose Diaz
#22 -- 1B Cory Dunlap
#23 -- 2B Travis Denker
#24 -- LHP Derek Thompson

#25 -- SS Ivan DeJesus
#26 -- OF John Raglani
#27 -- LHP Ryan Ketchner
#28 -- OF Justin Ruggiano
#29 -- OF Jamie Hoffman

#30 -- RHP Chris Malone
#31 -- OF Cody Ross
#32 -- RHP Josh Wall
#33 -- SS Juan Rivera
#34 -- RHP Steve Johnson

#35 -- SS Scott Van Slyke
#36 -- OF John Melon
#37 -- LHP Brent Leach
#38 -- RHP Jesus Castillo
#39 -- LHP Eric Stults

#40 -- OF Xavier Paul
#41 -- LHP Miguel Sanfler
#42 -- 3B Josh Bell
#43 -- RHP Jordan Pratt
#44 -- OF Sergio Pedroza

#45 -- RHP Julio Pimentel
#46 -- 1b-1B Eduardo Perez
#47 -- RHP James McDonald
#48 -- OF Brian Myrow
#49 -- LHP Danny Muegge

#50 -- RHP Miguel Ramirez
#51 -- OF Ryan Carter
#52 -- RHP Casey Hoorelbeke
#53 -- OF Trayvon Robinson
#54 -- RHP Ramon Troncoso