3. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers. Five years after being selected in the first round of the draft and after serving an old-school bullpen apprenticeship last season, Billingsley, 23, is primed for stardom. In roughly the equivalent of a full season of pitching (237 innings), Billingsley is 19-9 in his career with a 3.49 ERA. The Dodgers will use him as their No. 4 starter behind Brad Penny, Derek Lowe and Hiroki Kuroda. If Billingsley can continue to cut his walks and be more efficient with his pitches, he'll have the breakout year the offensively challenged Dodgers will need.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Under the clever subtitle "Waiting for Beckett" (not every day you get a good Godot joke), CNN-SI lists Chad Billingsley as one of five pitchers ready to explode with pitching goodness.