Kershaw Promoted to Jacksonville

After the Great Lakes 10-6 win over Kane County August 6, Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers No. 1 pick in 2006, was promoted to Jacksonville, leaping past High-A Inland Empire to the AA Suns.

The young (19) lefthander was 7-5 with a 2.77 earned run average before his promotion. "I've heard Low-A to Double-A is a big jump," Kershaw said. "I'm really excited to see how everything compares to here and there and see how I stack up."

In 97.1 with Great Lakes, Kershaw allowed only 72 hits and held opposing hitters to a .203 batting average. Since the All-Star break he was 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA after beginning the season 7-2 with a 1.89 earned run average.

"Obviously the Dodgers' goal was to give him a taste of Double-A and I think he's ready for that," Loons manager Lance Parrish said. "[Is he] Completely ready? I don't know, but he certainly has the stuff to be successful at the next level."

Kershaw set a Great Lakes record for most strikeouts in a game with 12 on April 24 vs. Cedar Rapids. He pitched in the Midwest League All-Star Game back on June 18, picking up the victory in the game. On July 8, Clayton took part in the 2007 MLB Futures Game as part of the pitching staff of the United States team. The southpaw was the youngest player on the U.S. team and fourth youngest player in the game.  

"I keep telling people that if I ever had a kid, I would want him to be like Clayton. He's been a consummate professional," Loons pitching coach Glenn Dishman said. "I think he'll rise to the challenge at Double-A."

He won the USA Today High School Baseball Player of the Year, and Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year back in 2006 and was ranked the Dodgers' No. 1 prospect by LADugout and Dodgers Dugout.

"It's a big jump, but I think the Dodgers' plan all along was to put him on the fast track," Parrish said. "He's got one of those special arms."

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