Lefthander Clayton Kershaw is skipping right past high Class A . The Dodgers announced their top pitching prospect will report to Double-A Jacksonville for his next start.
Kershaw was 7-5, 2.77 with low Class A Great Lakes before the promotion. While a jump to Double-A may seem peculiar, it will keep Kershaw from having to pitch in the hitter-friendly California League: Jacksonville’s team ERA is 3.86 while the Dodgers high Class A affiliate in Inland Empire has a 4.82.
“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 in a release. “Is he completely ready? I don’t know. But he certainly has the stuff to be successful at the next level.
“It’s a big jump, but I think the Dodgers’ plan all along was to put him on the fast track to the big leagues,” Parrish said. “He’s got one of those special arms.”
Kershaw was rated as having the best fastball and was named the best pitching prospect in the Midwest League in Baseball America’s recent best tools survey. Kershaw’s fastball sits between 93-97 mph and is a big reason he struck out 134 batters in 97 innings at Great Lakes.