Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw is moving on to the second round in the Face of MLB competition.
According to MLB Network’s Twitter, this comes after he beat out Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer 69 percent to 31 percent in the first round of the tournament:
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 4, 2015
Kershaw now has a tough task as he will face off against 2014 American League MVP Mike Trout, who made his third career All-Star game last season. He finished the year batting.287 with 36 home runs and 111 RBIs.
Last season, Kershaw earned his fourth All-Star bid with a 21-3 record and six complete games with one of those being a no-hitter. Not to mention, he also won the National League Cy Young Award and MVP award last season.
Should Kershaw advance past Trout, he will face the winner of Milwaukee Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy and San Francisco Giants’ catcher Buster Posey. Both are players Kershaw would likely be favored to earn more votes against.
Dodgers have done particularly well in the competition as former Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp reached the Face of MLB finals last year before losing to Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto.
The Face of MLB is a tournament in which fans vote through Twitter can have their favorite players. The winning player earns fan bragging rights and the honor to be named the Face of MLB. To vote for Kershaw or any of the other players fans must use a hashtag with the player’s name and Face of MLB hashtag.