Dodger Prospect # 28 Eric Hull

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

Name- ERIC EUGENE HULL
Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence- Selah, Wash.
DOB- Dec. 3, 1979
Ht- 5-11
Wt- 185
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Signed as a non-drafted free agent 2002
06 Club- Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)

Hull is currently on the Dodger 40-man roster, a fact that few would have bet on earlier in 2006. But then beating the odds is something that he's been doing rather regularly. He wasn't drafted out of Portland State so he signed as a free agent to become a closer of note with Ogden. Since then he's been used just about every way possible as a sometimes starter, sometimes closer but mostly a long man out of the bullpen.

The reason many have been skeptical of his chances are that he hasn't the required pitcher's physique for he's under six feet in height nor does he have an exceptional fast ball. What he does do is pitch with canny effectiveness for he's usually around the plate, doesn't throw careless pitches often and always knows what he's doing.

Last summer at Las Vegas he was only 2-4 but this was for a team that lost far more than it won. His ERA was 4.19 which is quite good considering the environment in which he worked. He had an impressive string of innings for quite awhile, faltered a bit, then came on again.

It doesn't look like he has any real opportunity to make the big club out of spring training so will have to go back to Vegas to perhaps show that he might just be a guy they can use in Los Angeles when the need arises.

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