Friday, December 02, 2011

Kershaw Takes #5 on Keith Law's Top 50 Players (25 and Under)

Keith Law was pretty laudatory of our Cy Young Award winner over at, in his list of the Top 50 Players 25 or Younger (link insider only):

5. Clayton Kershaw LHP 23.

Analysis: He's the most valuable young pitcher in baseball and is coming off a tremendous 2011 season where he ripped through major league hitters (and the Giants) en route to leading the NL in strikeouts, while dropping his walk rate by more than half over 2009.

He combines a plus fastball, an out-pitch slider, an above-average slower curveball that he's set aside in favor of the slider, and solid-average changeup with that newfound control for a package that is extremely tough to hit for both left- and right-handed hitters. Kershaw's arm works well, he has a strong build and frame, and the Dodgers have handled him carefully, finally letting him loose this year as his walk rate plummeted. I can't guarantee any pitcher will stay healthy, but I like Kershaw's odds to do so, and to put up a few more seasons like 2011 along the way.

Juston Upton led the list. There were four Giants on th elist, led by Oyster Pubes (#4). Oh, and Matt Kemp is 27 years old.


John G said...

I find it hard to believe that if all these guys were tossed in a draft pool Clayton would go 5th.