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Clayton Kershaw

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Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches on Aug. 13, 2011.

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Vital Statistics:

Born: March 19, 1988

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Height: 6-3

Weight: 215

Bats: Left

Throws: Left

Family: Wife, Ellen.

Primary position: Starting pitcher

Before The Bigs:

  • Pitched an all-strikeout perfect game in high school, and was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in his senior year at Highland Park High.
  • Drafted No. 7 overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006, after originally committing to Texas A&M. He signed for a reported $2.3 million.
  • Went 8-7 with a 2.95 ERA in his first full pro season, splitting between Great Lakes (high A) and Jacksonville (Double-A).
  • Started the 2008 season at Jacksonville, where he was 2-3 with a 1.91 ERA. He skipped Triple-A and went directly to the majors in June 2008, and to the majors for good a month later.

Career Highlights:

  • Was the youngest player in the majors in 2008 at age 20, and went 8-5-5 with a 4.26 ERA. He pitched in two games in relief in the National League Championship Series against the Phillies.
  • Went 8-8 in 31 starts in 2009, allowing just 119 hits in 171 innings and striking out 185. Started two games in the 2009 playoffs, going 0-1.
  • Improved to 13-10 with a 2.91 ERA in 2010.
  • Emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2011, making his first All-Star team. As of Sept. 1, he was 17-5 with a 2.45 ERA and leading the league in strikeouts.
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