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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Makes MLB Debut 11 Years Ago Today

A seventh overall draft pick makes his debut.

25 May 2008: Dodgers #54 Clayton Kershaw makes hist first start during a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris WIlliams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The course of the Dodgers franchise changed on this date in 2008 when a 20 year-old Clayton Edward Kershaw made his major league debut at Dodger Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.

On June 6, 2006, Kershaw was drafted out of Highland Park High School in the seventh round of the MLB Draft by Ned Colletti’s front office.

Just under two years later a young Kershaw, touching 97mph with his fastball, was on the mound at Dodger Stadium and striking out future teammate Skip Schumaker for the first K of his career.

The defense behind Kersh from that game is a true who’s who of throwback Thursdays.

In between his draft day and MLB debut, he quickly ranked as the Dodgers top prospect in 2007 and 2008, and represented the club at the All-Star weekend Futures Game in San Francisco.

Since that day Kershaw has accumulated 7 All-Star game appearances, 3 Cy Young awards, an NL MVP, a Roberto Clemente award and the list goes on.

His 64+ bWAR leads all other 2006 draft picks by a sizable margin.

In short, Clayton Kershaw worked out.

Happy Anniversary, Kersh!

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. “The defense behind Kersh from that game is a true who’s who of throwback Thursdays.”

    Since you brought it up, who was playing defense?

    • Hi David. It’s actually an image embedded within the article, but with a plugin our website has, you might not see it so the article can load faster! Apologies for the misunderstanding!

      The box score featured Juan Pierre, Luis Maza, Andre Ethier, Russell Martin, James Loney, Matt Kemp, Blake DeWitt, Chin-lung Hu behind Kersh on defense.

      Hope this helps!

  2. Nice post, FRG. My gosh seeing him in that photo makes me feel old. Even the Palm Trees look young!

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