Clayton Kershaw is already one of the greatest pitchers of all-time. His career with the Los Angeles Dodgers has seen him win three Cy Young Awards, an MVP Award, and the pitching Triple Crown.
However, the members of Northwest High School of Justin, Texas' baseball team likely knew he'd be an all-time great way back in May 2006. They were forced to watch Kershaw throw a perfect game and strike out every single batter he faced. Oh, he also hit a grand slam.
This was also a playoff game, so Kershaw was just not feeling any pressure at all. Clayton Kershaw's Highland Park High School team ultimately won the game via mercy rule, with Kershaw striking out all 15 batters. This was the most mercy that Northwest High School could've gotten, as Kershaw probably would've gone 27-for-27 if the game had gone on any longer.
Kershaw's high school ERA was 0.77. He recorded 139 strikeouts in 64 innings. After scouts realized he was probably the best high school pitcher available, he went No. 7 overall in the 2006 MLB Draft with a signing bonus of $2.3 million.
Kershaw would go on to dominate the minor leagues and get called up to the Majors in May 2008. At 32, Kershaw is entering a bit of decline due to health issues, but he still was an All-Star last year and may be one of the few players who will benefit from a shorter season in 2020.
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