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Chad Billingsley

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With Jason Schmidt undergoing shoulder surgery, 2nd-year pitcher Chad Billingsley will enter the rotation after spending this season in relief. Some may have forgotten what made Billingsley such a hyped prospect entering 2006, and what he did to lose that sheen.

In short, Billingley stopped striking out batters and started walking them in combinations he hadn't previously done. As a result, he was moved to middle relief this season to rediscover the command he had lost. Because he wasn't close to the closer's role with the Dodgers, he has fallen by the wayside of fantasy attention.

But his success this season in the bullpen makes him deserving of increased attention as he moves back to the rotation. He is still young enough to be considered in the same class as this season's ultra-hyped pitching prospects - Tim Lincecum, Yovanni Gallardo, Phil Hughes and Homer Bailey. But he has an edge. He has major league innings under his belt. Because of that, I expect him to do just as well as any of those pitchers over the remainder of this season.

Year Team Age Level G GS W L SO ERA WHIP IP H BB K9
2003 Ogden 19 Rk 11 11 5 4 62 2.83 1.19 54 49 15 10.33
2004 Vero Beach 20 A+ 18 18 7 4 111 2.35 1.27 92 68 49 10.86
2004 Jcksnvlle 20 AA 8 8 4 0 47 2.98 1.28 42.1 32 22 9.99
2005 Jcksnvlle 21 AA 28 26 13 6 162 3.51 1.14 146 116 50 9.99
2006 Las Vegas 22 AAA 13 13 6 3 78 3.95 1.26 70.2 57 32 9.93
2006 LA Dodgers 22 MLB 18 16 7 4 59 3.80 1.67 90 92 58 5.90
2007 LA Dodgers 23 MLB 23 0 4 0 40 3.09 1.20 35 29 13 10.29