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January 16, 2014
by Ryan Parker and Steffan Segui
Filed by: Steffan Segui
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Wow, two 8s and a 7. That's amazing. He seems very much a generational talent, maybe the best pitcher we will see for 20-30 years... I've been in the camp of Felix Hernandez for the last 7-8 years but Kershaw has really continued to impress where as Felix has basically held an even keel. I know there probably won't be a right-up on Felix, though he would have been a FA this year without his new contract, but would anyone mind just giving his pitchers ratings? 6 FB, 8 CH, 6 CB, 6 SL?
Thanks fellas, this stuff is worth the admission alone.
I'm fairly new to deconstructing or grading baseball but short of Verlander in MVP form, I've never watched a guy who looked so obviously dominant, if he had a top notch splitter/change up dear lord...... King Felix was amazing in 2011 but he hasn't gotten much better since as you mentioned. Whether Kershaw is a generational talent or not is really inaccessible until he gets either well into or out of his prime.
Write up before I puke over my own grammer...
I'm interested to understand what Steffan Segui means by saying both "About as ideal as can be" and "a bit of a stab and having a bit of a controlled herky-jerkyness" when describing Kershaw's Delivery/Mechanics?
If you ever want to fully appreciate how good Kershaw is, go to one of his games about 40 minutes early and watch his long toss warmup. He starts at about 120 feet, makes 5 throws, and then backs up. This continues until he's on the opposite side of the stadium, perhaps 200-250 feet away from his catcher. Each throw is virtually effortless, and the catcher barely has to move his glove to catch it. It has to be seen to be believed.
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