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Grey's Clipboard: Kershaw having his Morrow moment

Updated: March 12, 2008, 2:26 PM ET
By Jason Grey | ESPN.com
Sometimes you just outsmart yourself.

When I put together my list of the top 70 fantasy prospects focused strictly on the 2008 season I didn't include big names like Travis Snider and Matt LaPorta because I didn't see them getting much playing time in 2008.

I didn't include Clayton Kershaw for the same reason. I just didn't see the playing time. Despite the fact that I think Kershaw is the No. 2 pitching prospect in baseball -- I'd take Clay Buchholz over him for the long haul, but I wouldn't argue it very hard -- I didn't think he would be on the Dodgers' radar screen until late in the year. Much like Buchholz dominated Double-A and Triple-A for most of last season before coming up in late August for four starts, I thought Kershaw would spend a good amount of time in the minors, given the Dodgers' decent pitching depth. They have three hurlers already positioning themselves for a shot at the fifth starter's spot, and prospects at higher levels such as Scott Elbert and James McDonald are also in the mix.


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