Clayton Edward Kershaw (March 19, 1988-) showed off his pitching prowess at a young age, more than once as he threw a perfect game, striking out every batter, and then becoming the youngest pitcher to win MLB’s Pitching Triple Crown and Cy Young Award. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the young phenom with the seventh overall pick of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. Kershaw spent two years in the minor leagues before being called up in 2008 as a 20 year old – the youngest player in the Major Leagues for the entire year. Clayton became the fourth starter in an already strong rotation that included All-Stars Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley and Brad Penny as well as Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. 2011 proved to be Kershaw’s breakout year as he won the pitching Triple Crown with a league leading 21 wins, 248 strikeouts and a 2.28 ERA and easily captured the National League Cy Young Award, won his first Gold Glove and earned his first of four All-Star selections. He was also named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year award recipient. Kershaw’s exploits off the field were also recognized, primarily for his foundation Kershaw’s Challenge, as he was named the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award winner – presented to the player who combines good play with strong work in the community. Though some of his numbers fell slightly in 2012, Clayton once again led the NL in ERA and also starts, posted a 14-9 record with 229 Ks, and finished second in Cy Young voting behind New York Mets’ knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. But, Kershaw bounced back in 2013 as he once again led the NL in ERA (1.83) and strikeouts (232) to capture his second NL Cy Young Award in three years. Kershaw confounded hitters in 2014 as he led the National League in ERA (1.77) for a fourth straight year while also topping all NL pitchers with 21 wins, a .875 winning percentage (going 21-3) and posting six complete games. Respectable seasons by St. Louis Adam Wainwright and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto could not compete with Kershaw’s sheer dominance as he won his second straight NL Cy Young and third in four years. He also became the first pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1992 to win the Cy Young and the league’s Most Valuable Player Award. Kershaw has now been an all-star each season since 2011, and is continually among the league leaders in multiple pitching categories.