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Mike Billek

RHP
Mike Billek
Name: Michael Joseph Billek
Born: Mar 4, 1984 in Clearwater, Fla. USA
High School: East Lake HS, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
College: Central Florida
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 3rd round (108th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2005 (signed for $315,000)
Billek seemed poised for a storybook 2005 season. He came to Central Florida highly recruited and got plenty of work as a freshman, then went into the doghouse as an overweight sophomore who was suspended for violating team rules. Billek worked hard to get in shape in the Cape Cod League and came back to have a monster fall, hitting 95 mph on radar guns during Central Florida's fall scouts' day. He had an inconsistent spring, however, ending up in the Golden Knights bullpen. His problems were caused in part by a nagging hip injury that left him topping out at 92 mph instead of the 95 he showed in the fall. He sat at 88-90 as a starter, and most scouts feel Billek will be better off as a reliever. In that role, he throws his slurvy breaking ball harder and it plays up a grade to average. Billek offers scouts a physical pro body with a relatively fresh arm (fewer than 150 college innings) and above-average arm strength. It should be good enough to push him into the first five or six rounds.
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