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He's still a week away from his 20th birthday, ranks as the best pitching prospect in all of baseball and now Clayton Kershaw even has earned the most fantastic nickname for a curveball, courtesy of the great one himself, Vin Scully.

Just watch what is the best spring highlight to date.

You don't even have to be a Dodger fan to get all excited over seeing the helpless look on Sean Casey's face. Kershaw is still young, but it seems like the practitioner of Public Enemy No. 1 deserves a chance to be Dodger Starter No. 5.

However, Joe Torre says no go: Kershaw will be in big league camp for the remainder of spring, but he's not a candidate for the rotation.

Since he's still a year away from legal drinking age, that kind of restraint is admirable.

And if nothing else, maybe Kershaw's footsteps can light a fire under Esteban Loaiza or Chan Ho Park.

Better yet, maybe he could teach those guys to pitch like that, too.

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