Chad Ryan Billingsley is a professional baseball pitcher hailing from the United States of America. Chad was a student at the Defiance High School where he was picked to represent Team USA at the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships. In 3 games, Chad had a 3-0 record with a 2.45 ERA on the way to winning the bronze medal for his country.
Although he had almost signed to go to the University of South Carolina at the end of his senior high school year, Chad decided to declare for the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. Picked at 24th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chad decided to sign the contract and received a $1.375 million signing fee.
Chad began in 2003, playing for the Ogden Raptors in the Rookie League. After picking up a 5-4 record and a 2.83 ERA, he moved directly to the AA-League with the Vero Beach Dodgers. Chad was an extremely strong pitcher and at each level, was clearly one of the best prospects in the Dodgers’ organization. A 7-4 win-loss record at Vero Beach saw him climb to the AA-League with the Jacksonville Suns.
Throughout 2005, Chad pitched at an ERA of 3.51 on his way to picking up a 13-6 record for the Suns. He was sent up to the AAA-League in 2006 and while playing for Las Vegas 51s, recorded another winning season with a 6-3 record. Ranked as the number one prospect in the Dodgers’ organization at the time, Chad got the call-up to the MLB roster after 13 games with the 51s.
Chad made his debut for the Dodgers in a game against the San Diego Padres. Billingsley was part of the starting rotation for the remainder of the season and was considered a great find for the Dodgers. His place in the squad was also attributed to the injury to Jason Schmidt.
In 2008, Chad had a strong season and playing 35 games, he ended with a 16-10 record, fifth overall in the National League & ninth in the MLB. The season was full of highlights for the young pitcher as he pitched a complete game shutout against the San Francisco Giants before helping the Dodgers to the top spot in the National League. Chad had 201 strikeouts in the season and had a 3.14 ERA to cap off a wonderful season.
In 2009, Chad has a 12-11 record to register a consecutive 8th season with a winning record.
Although his ERA rose to 4.03, Chad had 179 strikeouts to his name. Due to a brilliant start to the season, Chad was named to the National League All-Star Team for the MLB All-Star Weekend. However, a poor run in the second half of the season saw his overall stats take a hit.