The Future's On TV- Will Kershaw Pitch?

For those who haven't had a chance to see Clayton Kershaw pitch- and that, I suspect, is most of you- you might well get your chance to see what all the excitement is about Sunday.

That's because the highly touted lefthander is on the staff of Team USA in the Futures Game which is slated to be shown to the world at large on ESPN 2 starting at 4 p.m, EDT.

Of course, there's no guarantee that Kershaw will get to pitch in the game although chances are good that he could get in an inning, at least. He was held to four innings in his last start for Great Lakes with that thought in mind.

At age 19, the lefthander from Texas is the youngest player chosen for the game. He brings a 7-3, 2.12 record compiled for Great Lakes while holding opposing hitters to a paltry .187 mark. With only a couple of exceptions, he's looked very much like one of the top pitching prospects in the game.

Kershaw is not the only Dodger in the game that tries to live up to its name- that is showcasing the stars of the future. Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu from Jacksonville will be on the opposite side, playing for the World team.

Hu enters the contest with a .326 average that includes six home runs and 30 doubles. It will be his second straight selection to the World roster.

Another member of the Dodger organization will be on hand in John Shoemaker, who will coaching for the World team which is managed by Juan Marichal in the tradition of having Hall of Famers as field leaders. Shoemaker just set the alltime Jacksonville win record for managers.

Dave Winfield is the USA manager for the contest which will be played in San Francisco's A T & T Park as part of the All-Star festivities.

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