Kershaw Continues to Pile Up Honors

Dodger uebermench, Clayton Kershaw, was projected by Minor League Baseball as the No. ranked prospect in all of the minor leagues, enhancing his collection of honors earned during his two professional seasons. That spotted him higher than the Yankees Joba Chamberlain (5th) and outfielder Jacob Ellsbury (13th), who helped boost the Red Sox to the 2007 world title.

Earlier, Kershaw had been named "Prospect of the Year" in the Midwest League, despite spending the final months of the season with the Jacksonville Suns AA club in the Southern League at the tender age of 19.

While playing with Great Lakes and Jacksonville, Kershaw was 8-7. 2.95 over 25 starts, fanning 163 in 122 innings and holding opponents to a mere .201 average.

During the season he was selected to play in the Futures Games in San Francisco, selected to the Midwest League All-Star Game (where he became the winning pitcher), was the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week June 4 and the Southern League Pitcher of the Week August 27 plus earning a berth on the Midwest post-season all-star roster.

The Dodgers' first selection in the 2006 draft (7th overall) out of Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, he was ranked by LADugout as the Dodgers No. 1 prospect and was No. 2 according to Baseball America.

During the 2007 season, he led the franchise in earned run average (2.95), in strikeouts per nine innings (12.02) and hits per nine innings (6.57). He was also second in total strikeouts (163), third in fewest hits plus walks per nine innings (1.28), tied for fifth with 25 starts, eighth in wins (8),

He will start the season in Jacksonville and some have predicted that he will be pitching in Los angeles before the season ends.

New Ogden Manager
The Ogden Raptors in the Pioneer League (rookie) have announced that former major leaguer Mike Brumley will manage the Raptors in 2008. Brumley played 295 games while with the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Oakland As.

He was drafted by the Red Sox in 1983 after playing shortstop for the Texas Longhorns. He spent 16 years in the minor leagues, playing mostly at the Triple-A level.

He spent the last three seasons as the minor league field coordinator for the Texas Rangers. From 2002-04 he managed the Salt Lake Stingers and recorded a 202-229 record.

Brumley's staff at Ogden will include pitching coach Craig Bjornson, who will be in his third year with the Raptors, hitting coach Henry Cruz (his second season), and trainer Pete Hite (second season).

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