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Billek Looking for Clean Slate

Billek looks to put '06 behind him

Practically anything that could go wrong for Cubs pitching prospect Mike Billek in 2006 did go wrong. The third-round sandwich pick from Central Florida in the 2005 draft battled through one thing after another this past season, including a drop in velocity and subsequent drop in confidence en route to an ERA of over six.

The 6-4, 235-pound Billek entered the year with high expectations after achieving modest success between Class-A Peoria and Low-A Boise in his first professional season following the draft. He was a lock for Peoria and the Midwest League when spring camp broke last April. But Billek would soon be fighting an uphill battle that would continue all throughout the season after a slow start in which...

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