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Posts tagged ‘Clayton Kershaw’

Roster Moves – 2010 End-of-Season

Following each WBRL season, all non-protectable players are released back into the player pool, and reserved players not eligible for protection in the minor leagues are promoted to the active roster:

Up:

  • SP Mat Latos
  • SP Wade LeBlanc
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • 1B Adam LaRoche
  • OF Marlon Byrd
  • 3B Casey Blake

Released / WBRL contract expired:

  • 1B Albert Pujols
  • 3B Chase Headley
  • SP Josh Johnson
  • SP Clayton Kershaw
  • SP Johnny Cueto

Released / Signed After Protection Deadline:

  • C A.J. Ellis
  • 2B Jonathan Herrera
  • SS Angel Sanchez
  • OF Cameron Maybin

Released / Non-Protectable Due to AL-NL Trade:

  • SP Dan Hudson

Remaining in Minors:

  • OF Trayvon Robinson

Overnight Dispatches – June 10th, 2010

Clayton Kershaw fanned 10 while allowing three runs over seven innings Wednesday in a win over the Cardinals. Kershaw outdueled Adam Wainwright in the 4-3 game. All three runs came in the fourth, when he gave up a single to Aaron Miles, a walk and then a three-run homer to Ryan Ludwick. He allowed just two hits and one walk in the other six frames. After a rough start, Kershaw is now 6-3 with a 3.13 ERA. (Rotoworld)

Ian Kennedy threw seven scoreless innings on Wednesday night, giving up only three hits against the Braves. He walked five and struck out six leaving the game with a no decision. Kennedy has really excelled at home – opponents are hitting just .190 against him there this season. (Rotowire)

Marlon Byrd hit two home runs and tallied three RBI to lift the Cubs over the Brewers 9-4 on Wednesday night. Byrd has been on fire since the start of June and is entering must-own status once again for mixed leaguers. Counting tonight’s impressive performance, he’s hitting .321 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. The Cubs, though, are just 27-32 and buried in the middle of the NL Central. (Rotoworld)

Buster Posey hit his first career MLB home run on Wednesday in the Giants’ loss to the Reds. Posey’s shot traveled an estimated 439 feet, finding a final resting place in the upper deck of Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. He’s been on a tear since his promotion and needs to be owned in all formats. (Rotoworld)

Earlier, Giants general manager Brian Sabean said that he has no intention of sending Buster Posey back to the minor leagues. “There wasn’t any intent when we brought him up that he’d go back,” said Sabean. “It helps he has two positions in his pocket. We knew he’d help the roster. Once he got here, we knew he’d help in more ways than one.” Well, duh. There was some question about where the pieces would fit if Mark DeRosa managed to make his way back from the disabled list, but he could be sidelined for the rest of the season now. Posey should naturally be owned in all formats moving forward. (Rotoworld)

Jose Tabata left Wednesday’s game with a cramp in his right hamstring. Not exactly the debut he was hoping for, we’d guess. He did finish 2-for-4 with a run scored, but may need to sit out of Thursday’s game. Tabata may have to miss a game or two as a precautionary measure, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Past hamstring issues have caused Tabata to miss time. “I feel great to be out there,” Tabata said. “But something happened in my leg.” Manager John Russell envisions Tabata as a spark plug atop Pittsburgh’s lineup. “He’s got a great approach,” Russell said. “Lays off pitches. Uses the whole field. Uses his speed. He’s going to be a big boost for our offense. We scored some runs tonight, and he was a big part of that.” (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Edinson Volquez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Lynchburg on Saturday. Though he threw 30 pitches in extended spring training on Tuesday, Volquez hasn’t pitched in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. His 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs expires on June 13, so provided he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he could return sometime in July. (Rotoworld)

Madison Bumgarner was fined an undisclosed amount by the Giants for his actions during the seventh inning of Monday’s game with Triple-A Fresno. Bumgarner had to be physically restrained from an umpire after a runner was called safe on a pickoff attempt. The young left-hander hurled a baseball into center field on the way back to the dugout. Bumgarner released a statement via a Giants spokesperson on Tuesday that read: “I am a highly competitive person, but I let my emotions get the better of me. I want to apologize to the Giants organization and to the fans of Fresno and throughout baseball.” Still, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the incident will not impact Bumgarner’s standing in the organization and that he is “real close” to earning a promotion the major leagues. (Rotoworld)

Christian Friedrich is having a rough go of it at Tulsa this year. (0-3, 40 IP, 47 H, 14 BB, 5 HR, 37 K, 4.72 ERA, 1.53 WHIP). The whiff rate is fine, but all of the other numbers are off and – unlike Kelly – Friedrich isn’t young enough to simply write all of this off due to age. He’s too much of a talent to simply write off, but if you were hoping for a contribution this year, you’re almost definitely going to be disappointed. Curiously, he’s being pounded by left-handed batters while doing OK if not great against righties. He’s not finished as a prospect, but Friedrich is going to need to turn it around soon (he’ll be 23 next month) or risk falling into the second tier. (RotoThinkTank)

Kershaw Tosses 9 K’s and Gives up 1 Run, but No Decision

Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run while striking out nine Giants in seven-plus innings on Sunday. Kershaw didn’t factor into the decision as the Dodgers took the lead after he left the game. The left-hander walked four in the outing, which was a big improvement over the shaky command he exhibited in his first two starts of the season. Despite those struggles he still has a 3.18 ERA through three outings. Kershaw allowed just one run over seven innings against the Giants, a solo homer by Juan Uribe. He gave up four hits and four walks while striking out nine. Kershaw ran up the pitch count again, though not to the same extreme as his first two starts. He needed 114 pitches to get through seven innings. Kershaw’s poor command continues to hold him back and again was a liability Sunday, but his pure stuff ranks right up there with Tim Lincecum’s. His potential alone makes him too valuable to sit in Fantasy. If he ever gets command of his stuff, he’ll be a surefire ace. His next start is scheduled for Saturday at Washington. (Rotoworld, Rotowire, CBS Sports)

Shaky Kershaw Secures Win Over Diamondbacks

Clayton Kershaw wasn’t exactly sharp on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks, but he was credited with a win after allowing two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. Kershaw was wild again, but he limited the damage by striking out seven, but he walked five and hit a hitter. This makes 11 walks in 10 innings for him on the young season. After the Dodgers hit four homers in the game, he didn’t exactly have to be as he still earned the victory. Kershaw averaged more than a strikeout per inning and allowed an MLB-best 6.3 hits per nine innings last season. Without question, he has the upside to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. But until he overcomes these control issues, he’s more hype than anything else. Kershaw should be owned in all mixed leagues for his upside alone. He is a two-start pitcher this scoring period and he’ll start next on Sunday against the Giants. Kershaw has a 1.13 ERA against the Giants in two career appearances. (Rotoworld, Rotowire, CBS Sports)

Kershaw Comes Off As Novice Against Pirates – 6 Walks!

Clayton Kershaw was removed after giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Pirates. The three runs all scored before Kershaw recorded an out. Still, he didn’t exactly settle down afterwards. He walked six and threw 109 pitches to get his 14 outs in the contest. Kershaw threw 109 pitches (only 59 strikes) and was unable to get the final out of the fifth inning. He’s coming off a huge year, but it might be a bit much to expect a duplication of last year’s 2.79 ERA, considering his high walk rate and the very low BABIP (.274) against him last year. That’s not going to cut it. (Rotowire, Rotoworld)

Bob Taylor over at Fantasy Hurler had a similar take:

Wasn’t this supposed to be the year that Clayton Kershaw finally cut down on the extraneous walks and became one of the NL’s elite pitchers? Yeah, I though so, too. You wouldn’t know it from his line last night in Pittsburgh: 4 2/3 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 4 K, 6 GODDAMN WALKS. He threw 109 pitches, only 59 for strikes. Not a good ratio.

He’s lucky the Pirates only scored three off him. After a first inning Garrett Jones homer — yes, another one — the Buccos stranded the next five batters that Kershaw kindly gave a free pass to. He was one of the top 20 starting pitchers taken in most fantasy leagues this year. Every game’s not going to be a quality start, especially so early in the year. But the walks must stop.

Kershaw Goes Six Solid Against Depleted Reds

Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings and allowed just a run Sunday in a victory over the Reds. Kershaw was facing a lineup that included just two starters, so it wasn’t a big test. Still, he probably would have fared very well against the Reds’ regular unit, too. He struck out seven and walked just one. He’s 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA this spring. (Rotoworld)

Kershaw Cruises Along Against Brewers

Clayton Kershaw yielded three runs — one earned — in five innings and struck out six Monday in a win over the Brewers. Kershaw allowed just a pair of singles, but he walked three and that helped lead to the unearned runs. He has a 1.80 ERA and a 10/6 K/BB ratio in 10 innings for the spring. (Rotoworld)

Kershaw Goes Three Scoreless Against Reds

Clayton Kershaw pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three against the Reds on Friday. Kershaw has allowed one run over five innings. The Dodgers are leaning towards giving him the Opening Day start this year over Hiroki Kuroda and Chad Billingsley. (Rotoworld)

Kershaw Relaxed in Spring Training Debut

Clayton Kershaw allowed one run over two innings of relief against the Giants on Monday. Like Billingsley, Kershaw was making his spring debut. The 21-year-old southpaw yielded one run on one hit while walking one and fanning one. If he can manage to work his way deeper in games this season, we see no reason why he can’t be near the top of the leaderboard in strikeouts. (Rotoworld)

Also, Jay Jaffe of Baseball Prospects posts that since Kershaw added a slider, he’s Cy-worthy:

This past weekend, Clayton Kershaw shared the company of Sandy Koufax¬† — the Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw to whom all other Dodger southpaws are inevitably compared. Kershaw has yet to lead the Dodgers to a championship or rack up the individual accolades his predecessor earned. But he’s closer to putting it all together than you think.

Despite last year’s unimposing 8-8 won-loss record, the 21-year-old finished the year with the NL’s lowest hit rate (6.3 per nine), second-lowest homer rate (0.4 per nine) and fifth-highest strikeout rate (9.7 per nine). The turning point came in June, when he added a slider into his already-impressive arsenal: a mid-90s fastball, knee-buckling curve (the one Vin Scully named “Public Enemy Number One” when Kershaw was still a teenager) and change-up. His two breaking pitches, the slider and curve, start off similarly so it’s difficult for the hitter to distinguish from one another until too late. The new slider generated almost twice as many swings and misses on a percentage basis.

Kershaw’s numbers, since he introduced the pitch in early-June, are eye-popping; they stand with the elite hurlers in the majors, with the caveat that his age limited his workload (every pitcher below — save for Kershaw, Lester and Jurrjens — received at least one mention in the Cy Young voting).

Note that Kershaw’s strikeout and home run rates compare favorably to Lincecum and Greinke, the two Cy Young winners. Sure, the kid could stand to walk fewer hitters, particularly since doing so will allow him to pitch deeper into games. And he may be due for a bit of regression in the hit and homer departments. But with his quality of stuff, it wouldn’t be implausible to find him attending an awards banquet in the near future.

Kershaw Gets Dodgers’ Opening Day Nod

Clayton Kershaw is in line to start for the Dodgers on Opening Day. It would be quite an honor for the 21-year-old southpaw. Kershaw was 9-9 with a 2.79 ERA last season and collected 185 strikeouts in 171 innings. He is scheduled pitch the Dodgers’ third spring game. (Rotoworld)