And just one more thing: Dodgers
My Dodgers preview is up today and boy, are there a lot of arms to talk about. Here’s one more that didn’t quite make it into the main story:
Justin Orenduff, RHP: A supplemental first-round pick in 2004, Orenduff came out of Virginia
Commonwealth and moved quickly, reaching Double-A in his first full season and helping Jacksonville win the Southern League title in 2005. But he got hurt in 2006 and made just 10 starts, getting shut down for the rest of the year and requiring surgery. He made it back to throw 109 innings last year for Jacksonville in what was an up-and-down year performance-wise, though the important thing was that he made it through healthy. That makes 2008 a big one for him. He got some time in big-league camp and will head to Triple-A Vegas hoping to be the first guy who gets the call when there’s a need. When he’s on, he’s able to work quickly and efficiently, keeping hitters off-balance with good command of his three-pitch mix. I saw him pitch back in 2004, in a much-ballyhooed meeting with Justin Verlander, then at Old Dominion. The game lived up to the hype. Orenduff struck out double-digits and lost. I don’t know if he’ll ever be THAT good, but here’s hoping the ’08 season shows he’s able to be all the way back to pre-surgery form and able to help the Dodgers out at some point this season.