A lot might laugh at that possibility of Kershaw ending next year as a top 5 SP considering Kershaw still averages 4 walks a game and averages 6 innings a game. However in 2009 Kershaw walked an average of 4.78 batters and only went an average of 5.7 innings each game where as this year he has walked an average of 3.94 batters and went an average of 6.3 innings a game. This is an improvement of .84 in walks and 0.6 in innings. If Kershaw keeps improving on this he could end next year with a 3.1 walk rate per game and averaging 6.9 innings a game which of course would lead to a better chance of more complete games, more strikeouts and a better chance of winning games that the bullpen has blown for him this year.
There's a good chance Kershaw could end next year with at least 16 wins and between 225-250 strikeouts as well which could also lead to an ERA closer to 2.50 than to 3.00.
If Kershaw can stay healthy and keep improving there is a very good chance Kershaw could end up a top 5 SP by end of next year at 23 years old. He's already a top 15-20 SP depending on your scoring system and still has a chance to finish close to top 10 in some leagues by end of the season.
Kershaw could very well be setting himself up to be the top SP in baseball as soon as 2011 or 2012.
Don't believe the hype from haters who keep mentioning his control issues, there isn't a 22 year old alive that doesn't go through control issues. Those haters at the beginning of the year who claimed they wouldn't draft Kershaw where he went, are regretting it now. Just like those who were writing articles about his control problems in June.
The fact is with all the hype surrounding guys like Price people forget Price has around the same WHIP as kershaw yet is over 2 years older than Kershaw. The fact is Price didn't even throw 100 innings until he was 23 which is the same age Kershaw will be at the beginning of the 2011 season. So Kershaw is already more advanced than guys like Price and with more run support and improvement on control, there is a good chance your looking at Kershaw as a top 5 SP by the end of the 2011 season.
As for the Kershaw haters, where are you all now? Hidding in a hole you created for yourself earlier in the year?
Kershaw Top 5 SP By End Of 2011?
Posted on: August 23, 2010 10:36 pm
Category: Fantasy Baseball