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Clayton Kershaw
Birthdate: 3/19/1988 (29 y, 11 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-3/215     Position: P
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 7, Overall: 7, Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Contract: $215M / 7 Years (2014 - 2020)
RotoWire News: Kershaw was in midseason form Thursday, tossing six shutout innings while striking out 11 batters in a win over the Rangers. (3/24/2017)
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Profile: You didn’t think he could get any better, did you? Kershaw continued to put up utterly ridiculous numbers and likely would’ve set a new record for strikeout-to-walk ratio had he not suffered a back injury that ate a third of his season. His 15.6 K/BB ratio is the best ever with a minimum of 140 innings, but it takes 162 to qualify for a single-season record. He didn’t walk more than two batters in any of his first 15 starts and the two he had in the 16th was the only time he did it all year (21 starts). He allowed more than two earned runs in a start just twice, fanned 10+ in nine, and went at least seven innings in 16 – which was still tied for sixth-most despite missing two months. The back injury undoubtedly adds risk to Kershaw’s profile for the first time in about six seasons. Previous injury is the strongest indicator of future injury so it can’t be ignored, and yet his numbers are still so incredibly elite that his draft stock barely takes a hit. He remains a bona fide first rounder and the unquestioned top pitcher off the board in all formats. (Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: The only thing that could slow Kershaw down was a back injury that cost him two months in the summer and even that had a negligible impact on his numbers, it simply cost him innings. He is still the undisputed best pitcher in the game and he is still the only pitcher you should take in the first round of a draft.

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