Drafted by the Dodgers straight out of Texas' Highland Park High School, he skipped college and joined the minor leagues.
After winning the NL Cy Young in 2011, he had another stellar season leading the majors in ERA in 2012 for the second season in a row.
He married his longtime girlfriend Ellen Melson in December 2010. They have two children, Cali and Charley.
Don Mattingly became his manager on the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011.