Dodgers add six non-roster players

Dodgers add six non-roster players

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced six additions to their growing list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training, led by top prospect Chad Billingsley.

In addition to the right-handed Billingsley, getting a taste of a Major League training camp will be right-handed pitcher Justin Orenduff, left-handed pitcher Eric Stults, outfielder Matt Kemp, second baseman Tony Abreu and catcher Edwin Bellorin.

Billingsley, 21, was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year and is universally considered the best prospect in the system. A first-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, he went 13-6 with a 3.51 ERA, 162 strikeouts in 146 innings for Double-A Jacksonville.

Orenduff, 22, a sandwich pick after the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth, split the 2005 season between Class A Vero Beach (5-2, 2.24 ERA) and Jacksonville (5-2, 4.07 ERA), with 20 more strikeouts than innings pitched.

Stults, 26, split the 2005 season between Jacksonville (4-3, 3.31 ERA) and Triple-A Las Vegas (3-7, 6.58 ERA) as a starter after being a reliever most of his previous seasons.

Kemp, 21, is a right-handed-hitting outfielder taken in the sixth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft after being heavily recruited to play Division I basketball (he's 6-4, 215 pounds). Despite missing four weeks with a wrist injury, he had a breakout season in 2005 at Class A Vero Beach, slugging 27 homers with 90 RBIs, 23 stolen bases and a .306 batting average in 418 at-bats. He advanced to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .383 with a .606 slugging percentage and dramatically cut down on his strikeouts.

Abreu, 21, split time in 2005 between Vero Beach, where his .327 average won the Florida State League batting title, and Jacksonville (.250). Then he went to the Arizona Fall League, where he played shortstop and hit .305.

Bellorin, who will turn 24 next month, is a defensive specialist who was also invited to camp in 2004 as an extra catcher. In his seventh professional season, he spent 2005 back at Vero Beach, where he was an All-Star in 2003.

Previous invitees are right-handed pitcher Aaron Sele, left-handed reliever Kelly Wunsch, outfielders Tydus Meadows and Jon Weber, and infielder Chris Truby.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.