May 20th, 2006

Perfect game for potential Tigers pick

Texas high school left-hander Clayton Kershaw’s first outing in three weeks made an impression on the pro scouts who were watching. He struck out all 15 batters he faced in a five-inning perfect game in the regional quarterfinals.

The writeup in the Dallas Morning News says plenty — 73 pitches, two full counts, five called third strikes, more than a dozen scouts in attendance. More from the Morning News:

"I liked the way
he worked ahead in the count," Highland Park coach Lew Kennedy said.
"It made it a lot easier on him. There were a lot of question marks
with him, and I think he answered them all."

Kershaw had been out with a strained right oblique, not an arm injury. Can you have enough pitching prospects in a farm system? We’ll see in a few weeks.

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