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Clayton Kershaw

#22 | LHP
Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw
Name: Clayton Edward Kershaw
Born: Mar 19, 1988 in Dallas, TX
High School: Highland Park HS, University Park, Texas
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 226 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 (signed for $2,300,000)
The draft's best high school prospect, Kershaw projected as only a second- or third-round pick before blossoming as a senior. He had gotten exposure as a member of the USA Baseball national junior team and had a solid fastball for a lefthander at 88-92 mph. Now he has grown into his strong, athletic 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, and his stuff has taken a leap. He has pitched at 90-96 mph all spring while continuing to pound the bottom of the strike zone. His curveball has improved even more than his fastball and now ranks a legitimate second plus pitch. He also has done a better job of repeating his delivery, giving him more control and command. Kershaw has dominated every time out, striking out 18 in Highland Park's district opener and breaking the school's career record for victories by earning No. 32 in his next outing. The only blip came when he strained an oblique muscle in his regular-season finale, knocking him out of the first round of the playoffs. The injury won't affect his draft status-he could go as high as No. 6 overall to the Tigers-and he was expected to return to action in the second round of the playoffs.
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