It’s been a busy off-season for the Los Angeles Dodgers so far and Clayton Kershaw hasn’t let his $215 million extension interfere with his off-season preparation. Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher in baseball, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to perfect his craft.
Kershaw admits that he uses the off-season to build strength and work on his conditioning and doesn’t let his personal accolades distract him. He’ll enter camp knowing he has to once again prove himself on the mound. Since losing Game 6 of the NLCS, Kershaw has been trying to improve his pitching repertoire in hopes of being more dominant in 2014.
Kershaw has focused on two specific pitches this off-season, the two-seam fastball and changeup. Kershaw hasn’t thrown the two-seamer much in the last six years, throwing it just 15 times. However, he has thrown the changeup much more frequently and used it 88 times last season. Kershaw has relied on his four-seam fastball over the years, but adding more pitches to his arsenal will make him even more effective.
Kershaw has been absolutely dominant these last three years, but like all the other greats, he isn’t one to be complacent.
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