RHP Chad Billingsley -- Prospect #1

Final look at the top Dodger prospects in the Dodger system as we finish with the very best.

Name- CHAD RYAN BILLINGSLEY
Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Vero Beach, Fla.
DOB- July 29, 1984
Ht- 6-2
Wt- 215
B/T- R/R
05 Club- Jacksonville (AA)

This past season, his third since being the Dodger first-round draft choice in 2003, was another of personal triumph for Billingsley. He led the organization in victories (13), innings pitched (146), and strikeouts (162) to easily win the Ben Wade award as the Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. That's only the second time such a feat has been accomplished, having been done previously by Ricardo Rodriguez in 2000-01.

During this time Billingsley developed increasing mound poise and pitching acumen to complement his fast ball, which is usually 92-94 with excellent life, a nasty slider, a strong curve and a still embryonic changeup.



He's at his best when he dictates the pace of the game, something he worked well in improving under Jacksonville pitching coach Kenny Howell.



He finished the year with a flourish, being particularly dominant down the stretch climaxing all this with seven no-hit innings against Birmingham in the opening game of the Southern League championship series.

In all, he appeared as one of the best if not the single best pitching prospects in the minors.

Many feel that he's ready to skip AAA and take his place in the Dodger rotation where in time he could well become a No. 1 or 2 starter.

However, new general manager Ned Colletti doesn't want Grady Little to have to rely upon rookies as he makes his Dodger managerial debut so the acquisition of Brett Tomko and Jae Seo would seem to indicate that Chad will be tossed into the pitcher's cauldron that is Las Vegas. There at least he'll have Howell as mentor once more.

The Top 54 Prospects #1 -- RHP Chad Billingsley #2 -- 3B Andy LaRoche #3 -- SS Joel Guzman #4 -- C Russell Martin #5 -- LHP Scott Elbert

#6 -- OF Matt Kemp
#7 -- 1B James Loney
#8 -- 3B Bill DeWitt
# 9 -- RHP Jonathan Broxton
#10 -- LHP Greg Miller

#11 -- LHP Justin Orenduff
#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

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