Before Clayton Kershaw was striking out batters and throwing a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was mowing down high school competition in Texas.

Kershaw’s outstanding high school career turned into him being selected seventh overall in the 2006 draft by the Dodgers and he made his MLB debut two years later.

One of Kershaw’s best performances of his high school days came during his senior year at Highland Park High School. The left-hander threw a perfect game and struck out each batter he faced — 15.

In seven years with the Dodgers, Kershaw has accumulated 1,332 strikeouts with his single-season high of 248 coming in 2011 when he won the National League Cy Young award. While Kershaw has had impressive stretches in years past, he is perhaps pitching his best baseball of his career.

Kershaw is 8-0 in his last eight starts with a 0.74 ERA and 80 strikeouts.

[h/t @joshbtucker]
Dodgers History: MLB Facts About Kershaw’s No-Hitter

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