Prospect Watch – Roy Smith
In response to your requests for updates on our prospects, Chad Billingsley, along with Greg Miller probably have as good stuff as anyone in the organization. The most important thing for Miller is to stay healthy and get a full season in.
Billingsley is coming off a very good year in Double-A and we anticipate him starting the season in Triple-A. We will let his performance dictate when he is ready for the Major Leagues. He will get some innings in Spring Training so our new staff can get a feel for him and he can get his feet wet. It is possible that we could see Chad in LA very early, but we will allow him to go at his own pace and try to make sure that he is ready when he is called up.
As for Yhency Brazoban, who you also asked about: He will pitch the 7th and 8th innings along with Danys Baez. Who pitches first and how often will be up to Grady. However it pans out, we feel very good about our ability to hold leads late in games with those two and Eric Gagne.