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Postby flowbee » Thu May 04, 2006 3:23 pm

from sportsline

Billingsley, 21, is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five starts for Triple- A Las Vegas. He has allowed just 16 hits in 28 1/3 innings with 31 strikeouts and 10 walks. He no-hit Colorado Springs through seven innings Tuesday. "It's going to be hard to ignore a guy having this kind of success," Little said. Don't expect him to get called up anytime soon, but if Jae Seo continues to struggle, the Dodgers might take a chance on the devil they don't know as opposed to the devil they do.
(Updated 05/04/2006).

That and being in a pitcher park, with a decent team...defininitely keep an eye on him
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Postby AT » Thu May 04, 2006 5:11 pm

dundeeslugger wrote:what makes you guys so sure he will be called up?

Chad Billingsley surrendered three runs in seven innings and struck out nine on Wednesday.
Billingsley won't be a candidate to start Sunday for the Dodgers, but that's probably for the best. He shouldn't be called up unless he's going to have a permanent rotation spot, and while Odalis Perez is frustrating, the Dodgers would be foolish to banish him to the pen for any length of time. May. 4 - 1:50 pm et


This makes the most sense. Why bring up the most promising pitching prospect in the league only to put him back down? It really doesn't make much sense. That Jae Seo trade was pretty dumb by the Dodgers if this guy was so close to the majors. Should've hung tough with their stud bullpen. Dodgers :-t

Me :-L for Billingsley
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Postby xeifrank » Thu May 04, 2006 5:27 pm

Yeah, Billingsley just pitched (well albeit). It's more likely that Aaron Sele would get the spot start, especially given the gentlemens agreement the Dodgers had with him to call him up by May 1st or release/trade him. Sele along with most of the Dodgers AAA starting pitchers is off to a great start. Sele of course is not the Dodgers long term solution, but if we are only talking a spot start or a handful of starts then why not. Billingsley is great, but the Dodgers would like him to pitch a little more at the AAA level in a perfect world. He may not be afforded that extra time given the Dodgers awful pitching of late. vr, Xei
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Postby dewey finn » Thu May 04, 2006 7:26 pm

You think it's worth burning a waiver for him? I wonder how big this guy really is to other managers outside of this cafe.

Maybe you can just get him for free when he clears waivers.
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Postby xeifrank » Thu May 04, 2006 7:41 pm

dewey finn wrote:You think it's worth burning a waiver for him? I wonder how big this guy really is to other managers outside of this cafe.

Maybe you can just get him for free when he clears waivers.


It depends on what kind of league you are in. In a keeper league, I probably would under all circumstances. In a non keeper, I probably still would but would take other mitigating circumstances into consideration. Like... what is your waiver priority #? Is this just a spot start, or can he stick in the rotation if he does well? How knowledgeable are the other owners with a better waiver priority than you? If I had the first or second waiver position, I might hesitate a bit. If others in my league are knowledgeable and know who the guy is, I wouldn't risk waiting for him to become a free agent. I would think someone in almost any league (perhaps not a few of the public ones) would know about him and look to pick him up, especially if he had a successful first outing.
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Postby Red Stripe » Thu May 04, 2006 7:46 pm

He's an exact duplicate almost of Kerry Wood. I'm sure he'll be great as long as Billingsley can do more than just throw hard and is good at spotting his pitches so he doesn't follow the same sad road Wood is going down.
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Thu May 04, 2006 8:25 pm

He is gonna be a great pitcher. He grew up about 20 minutes from me so I actually got to see him pitch agaisnt my high school team. He was throwing in the 90's already. 8-o
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Postby thedude » Thu May 04, 2006 8:27 pm

Billingsly is the top pitcher in the minors. Grab him in a keeper, and watch him closely in a redraft league.
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