Dodger Prospect #34 - Casey Hoorlebeke is currently 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- Rancho Palos Verdes, Cal.
DOB- April 4, 1980
Ht- 6-8
B/T- R/R
How Obrained- Signed as a free agent 2003
06 Club- Jacksonville (Southern)

Hoorelbeke was lights out for two months pitching in relief for Jacksonville, became mortal in the final month to wind up a very nice 2-2, 2.63 with seven saves.

Then he went to the Arizona Fall League and did well again with a 1-0, 2.84 record.

All this gained him no more respect than Rodney Dangerfield for he was not only left in the minors by the Dodgers, he was ignored in the Rule 5 draft.

That's because his stuff rates as about ordinary with a fast ball in the upper 80's plus a slider and change. But he delivers those from an almost submarine motion that is particularly hard for righthanded batters to pick up.

Opponents managed only a .174 mark against him in the Southern League so nobody particularly had any success.

Having signed late he'll be 27 next season despite the fact that he's pitched only three years. He should move up to Las Vegas and if he does well there, maybe his time will at last have arrived.