Dodgers: All-time mock draft of first round picks

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Dodgers all-time mock draft: Clayton Kershaw

Drafted with the 7th overall pick in the 2006 draft, the number one pick in the Dodgers all-time mock goes to starter Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers organization has a wonderful history of pitching, with left-hander Sandy Koufax setting the standard, and amazingly, Clayton Kershaw has somehow performed at a similar level of excellence.

Over 12 seasons, Kershaw has been one of the most dominant and consistent starters in the game. From 2011 until 2017, it was virtually impossible to score a run off him; he led the National League with the lowest ERA in five of those seasons, and the other two, his ERA sat at 2.13 and 1.69.

While Kershaw is often criticized for his lack of postseason superlatives, had the Houston Astros not used illegal techniques to steal signs in 2017, he probably would have won a championship, after pitching lights out early in that series.

At 32-years-old, it doesn’t appear Kershaw is close to retiring. He is signed with the Dodgers until 2021, but I would expect him to sign one more contract before retiring. The former National League MVP will continue to see his name rise up the record books in terms of wins, strikeouts, and ERA.

If Koufax is the best left-hander in Dodgers history, Kershaw is only a sliver below him. Look at the numbers.