Only 25, the sky is the limit for Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
In his fourth big league campaign, Kershaw won the 2011 NL Cy Young Award. He led the majors in wins (21-5) and the NL in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248) that season. Not too shabby for a pitcher who was just 23 at the time.
The next season, the Dallas native only went 14-9, but led the majors with a 2.25 ERA, while his 229 K's was just one behind NL leader R.A. Dickey.
Kershaw is a two-time All-Star and won the Gold Glove during his Cy Young year.
Through June 9, he features a career 2.72 ERA, tops among all active starting pitchers. Kershaw has 1,065 strikeouts and is 66-41 in his career. He owns four consecutive seasons of an ERA below 2.91 and struck out at least 212 batters three years in a row.
Among active pitchers, he ranks second in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.24 -- San Francisco's Tim Lincecum is first at 9.74. Kershaw also is second among starting pitchers in Dodgers' history with that phenom...