Kershaw, Mattingly Gain Top Honors

Clayton Kershaw has yet to throw a pitch as a professional. In the meantime, though, the honors continue to pile up for the Dodgers No. 1 draft pick as he was chosen by USA Today as the High School Player of the Year.

And you can add honors for another Dodger draft choice, Preston Mattingly, because he also was chosen to the prestigious high School All-American team in the same poll.

The stats for Kershaw at Highland Park High in Dallas are so incredible as to be almost unbelievable, especially the fact that he struck out 139 batters in 64 innings. That included one game in which he K'd all 15 men who faced him in five innings when it was called under the mercy rule.

For the season, Kershaw went 13-0 with an 0.77 ERA. He wound up with 39 career wins. And to attest to his intelligence, he compiled a 3.7 grade average in the classroom.

Kershaw, who was taken as the seventh player (and the first high schooler) chosen in the recent draft is expected to make his first pro appearance later this week.

Mattingly, who played for Evansville, Ind. High, was selected as an first team infielder on the all-star squad. He hit .467 with three home runs in 39 RBI in 33 games there.

He also stole 22 bases in 23 attempts. And he completed a clean sweep of all-state honors, being named in football and basketball as well as baseball.

Taken as a supplemental first -rounder in the draft, Mattingly, the son of famed Yankee Don, is now a teammate of Kershaw's with the GCL Dodgers where he plays short and is currently batting .214.

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