Clayton Edward Kershaw is a professional baseball player who plays as a pitcher. Since his days at the Highland Park High School, Kershaw was always considered as one of the topmost prospects in American baseball especially after creating a high school record with a 13-0 win-loss record at an ERA of 0.77 with 139 strikeouts. Kershaw had also thrown an “all-strikeout perfect game” against Arlington Martin High School in 2006.
Kershaw got numerous awards and accolades including being named as the High School Baseball Player of the Year by USA Today and as the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Kershaw appeared for the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft and was picked at 7th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In his early days in the minor leagues, Kershaw was extremely dominant at the Gulf Coast League Dodgers where he struck out 54 batters in 37 innings and picking up 2 wins without any losses at an ERA of 1.95. Ranked number 2 in the Dodgers’ organization and number 2 in the Gulf Coast League by Baseball America, Kershaw quickly moved up to the Great Lakes Loons in the A-League, in 2007, before moving up to the Jacksonville Suns in the same year.
In 2008, Kershaw began with the Suns and 13 games later, had a 1.91ERA to show for his exploits over 61.1 innings. Later on in the year, Kershaw was called up to the MLB roster to be a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers towards the end of the season. After 22 games, Kershaw ended the year with a 5-5 record in the majors and a 4.26 ERA in 107.2 innings pitched with 100 strikeouts – impressive numbers indeed.
In 2009, Kershaw improved on those stats with an 8-8 record from 31 starts and an ERA of 2.79. In 171 innings pitched during the season, Kershaw struck out an incredible 185 batters and was one of the topmost members of the Dodgers’ pitching staff.