Clayton Kershaw: Star of the Not-So Distant Future

Kyle HuguesContributor IApril 24, 2008

Clayton Kershaw is a name to remember. At the age of 20, Kershaw is already making headlines, and he's not even in the big leagues yet.

With a mid-nineties fastball and devastating curve, it should not be long for him to get the call. But of course, with most young pitchers, the concern is getting the ball over the plate for strikes.

This spring Kershaw proved that he could do just that. The Dodgers have a hole in thier starting rotation, as the fifth starting spot cannot seem to win games, no matter who they put out there. The only thing holding Torre back from calling up the southpaw seems to be the fact that Kershaw has not thrown enough innings in his short tennure in the minors, and may be overworked and tired by the seasons end.

I strongly believe that with Kershaw in the rotation, the Dodgers will have the edge in the National League West, and will be able to contend with the powerful Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. I understand overworking the kid, but if the Dodgers are serious about winning, they should be serious about calling him up.