Dodger Prospect #6 Hong-Chih Kuo is currently taking a look at the top prospects in the organization. Here's another as we count down to the very best.

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Tainan City, Taiwan
DOB- July 28, 1984
Ht- 6-0
Wt- 187
B/T- L/L
How Obtained- Signed as a free agent 1999
06 Clubs- Las Vegas (Pacific Coast), Los Angeles (National)

    In the past two seasons Kuo has compiled too much major league time to hold his rookie's classification but he's on this list because he's still very much a player who spent more time in the minors in 2006 than he did on top and is like all others in that group trying to win a spot on the big club with no assurance that he will. 

   Last year he came into camp late, having pitched for Taiwan in the World Classic, then quickly won a spot the lefthander to go to out of the bullpen. However, once the season started he couldn't hold it, was sent back to Las Vegas as the problem continued. Midway through the season it appeared he was going nowhere. At last, he was thrust back into the 51's rotation to see if he could straighten out.

  He certainly could, pitching so well that he came back up to throw a marvelous game against the Mets. His work down the stretch was so exemplary that he earned a start in the post-season where he pitched okay but lost Now, he's trying to become the fifth starter for LA but faces stern competition from at least three rivals- Chad Billingsley, Brett Tomko and Mark Hendrickson.

   Kuo certainly has the stuff to become a big league regular with his mid-90's fast ball that has late life plus a good breaking ball and not-so-bad change. Of course he's always suspect because of his injury-plagued career that he at one time considered abandoning. They might even try him in the bullpen again but it seemed his inability to warmup in a hurry there was the root of his previous problems so that may not be an option

   He could finally come to the big leagues to stay. If not, it's the usual, go back to Vegas and hope a vacancy occurs that he can fill. Either that or a trade, for his services are coveted by other teams.