Saturday, February 25, 2006
Little: Billingsley "A Factor" In 2006
"I don't think this guy is going to be a good pitcher; I think he's going to be a great pitcher," Little said, proceeding to list the reasons: "The body style. The look on his face when he's on the mound. The way he walks around in a major league clubhouse. And his stuff."Which would best be helped by you keeping your fool mouth shut and letting the kid change minds at Las Vegas and not in spring training, Grady. (Hat tip: BTF.)
The last starter the Dodgers rushed to the big leagues was Edwin Jackson, who struggled the last two years, became a walking, talking cautionary tale, and was traded in January.
Little knows this too. But he can't help himself.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Billingsley was a factor on this big league team in 2006," he said. "He's a guy we will be sure we make all the right decisions with. I want to make sure his upward progression stays upward."