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LBHS Senior Cutter Clawson drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 2019 MLB Draft

On June 5th, Cutter Clawson, a senior at Laguna Beach High School, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 2019 MLB Draft in the 33rd round. Leading up to the draft, Cutter achieved an impressive athletic career at LBHS and also reached the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. 

His father Travis, says, “My wife and I are elated to see all his hard work and sacrifice pay off. Baseball is a great game that teaches you to overcome failure so when something good happens, it needs to be celebrated! He has been blessed with great teammates and coaches that have made him enjoy the sport even more. Whatever his future holds, we know he’ll be able to succeed through his faith in Christ and life’s lessons learned on the diamond.”

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The beginning of Cutter’s athletic career

As a four-year letterman at LBHS, Cutter’s baseball achievements started in 2016 as a freshman. He played a major role in helping the Breakers win a CIF Championship, including hitting a base hit in the semi-finals with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th inning, which set up the game-winning hit that pushed the Breakers to the CIF finals.

Cutter committed to furthering his studies and baseball career at Brigham Young University in 2016 after his freshman year. He was recruited to play at BYU as a two-way player, both as a first baseman and a left-handed pitcher.

While a sophomore at LBHS, he was named to the Cal-Hi All-State Sophomore 1st Team and Cal-Hi Underclass All-State 2nd Team. He was also awarded 1st team All-League honors and batted .417/.463/.616 (BA/OBP/Slugging) with 12 doubles, and had a fielding percentage of .991 at first base.

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Cutter loves football too

Cutter tried out and made the USA Baseball NTIS SoCal Team in 2017 in Cary, N.C. From that event, he was 1 of only 80 players in the nation selected to play in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and competed in the week-long event in Cary.

Cutter was also voted to the Orange County All-County Team as a pitcher.

In 2018 during his junior year, Cutter made 1st Team All-League, batted .338/.436/.487 (BA/OBP/Slugging), and had a fielding percentage of .974. As a pitcher he was 2-0 with 38 K’s and a 2.30 ERA. He was also selected to and participated in the Brewers Area Code Team. 

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Cutter on the mound as a junior 

Additionally in 2018, Cutter was selected by USA Baseball to represent California with 30 of the top California players in the MLB Sponsored “States play” series and played against the top high school talent from Texas at Arlington Texas Rangers Stadium in a three-game series. He started game 3 and threw 3 scoreless innings, striking out five batters. He was one of only two California pitchers (out of 15) not to give up a run to a very talented Texas squad. 

Currently, Cutter is ranked the #2 LHP in California, the 6th LHP in the nation and the 80th player overall by Perfect Game. This season, Cutter’s senior year, he batted .346 with 8 homeruns and 8 doubles, with a .705 slugging percentage and a 1.200 on-base percentage.

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Cutter with his grandpa 

Cutter led the Breakers this year with six wins on the mound, 61 strikeouts in 45 innings, and an ERA of 2.30, while committing just one error all season. He was voted by his teammates as MVP Pitcher. For the third year in a row, he made 1st Team All-Conference. 

On June 20, Cutter will join his classmates and proudly graduate from Laguna Beach High School. His father says, “Cutter has enjoyed his high school baseball playing days as a Laguna Beach Breaker and is very grateful to his coaches, teammates, parents, and friends and looks forward to the future of playing baseball and studying business at Brigham Young University.

“He is very grateful to the Washington Nationals for drafting him, but after careful consideration and prayer he has decided to honor his commitment to BYU. He will enroll in the fall and begin his collegiate playing career as a Cougar with the goal of contributing to the team in any way he can to help attain the team goals of a WCC Championship and qualify for the College World Series in Omaha. He’ll be eligibly for the MLB draft once again at age 21.”