Dodger Prospect #44- Kyle Wilson

LAdugout is taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger system. Here's another as we count down to the very best.

Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence- Valencia, Cal.
DOB- April 21, 1983
Ht- 6-2
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Drafted in the 22nd round 2004
06 Club- Vero Beach (Florida State)

Wilson arrived in the system from UCLA as a late signee in 2004, armed with an explosive fast ball that often as not found places other than the strike zone to reside. He's had two years as a pro now and in that time he keeps getting better. It hasn't been a sudden matter as in getting up one morning and- voila! The next Eric Gagne.

Rather, it's been a gradual inching forward, the result of a lot of diligence on his part and his coaches.

He possesses a fast ball that's regularly clicked in the mid-90's which he is learning to harness for strikes. He's also shapen his curve considerably.

This progress earned him the closer's job with Vero Beach in the middle of 2006 and he wound up with nine saves for a losing team. His 2-6 won-loss record doesn't impress while his 3.62 ERA is just so-so but they demonstrate that improvement.

He struck out 67 while walking 29 in 59.2 innings. Batters hit only .228 against him.

So, he may be taking the local instead of the express but he's getting there. He'll challenge for a job at Jacksonville in 2007.

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