2017 Position Rankings: Left-Handed Pitcher

In January, this grouping had very few highlights, namely Brendan McKay, D.L. Hall and MacKenzie Gore. Over the course of the season, however, several more southpaws established themselves as legitimate prospects, and while the trio mentioned above still represents the cream of the crop, there are a handful of really interesting southpaws who could hear their names called early on draft day.

It’s hard to argue that any lefty pitcher has had a better year than Oregon State’s Luke Heimlich. Anchoring the rotation of the No. 1 team in the land, Heimlich has made his case for pitcher of the year with a 10-1 record and the lowest ERA (0.81) among starting pitchers in the nation. He’s been a part of six shutouts and has yet to surrender a home run in 111.1 innings.

Joining Heimlich near the top of the rankings his cross-state rival, David Peterson of Oregon. Peterson has the fourth-best strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.33) in the nation, and ranks second in both victories (11) and strikeouts (140). His 11 wins accounted for nearly 40% of the Ducks’ total in 2017, but he drew the most attention for his 20-strikeout performance against Arizona State earlier this year.

Among the high-schoolers that are rising up draft boards is the projectable Trevor Rogers, out of New Mexico. He went 11-0 on the year, with a 0.33 ERA and 134 strikeouts en route to picking up state Gatorade Player of the Year honors. He made headlines by throwing a perfect game in late April, one of four no-hitters he threw on the year. Rogers was clocked as high as 95 mph and flashed an above-average slider and changeup, and should be the second or third high school lefty taken.

These rankings are current as of 6/2/17, and will be updated throughout the draft season.

# Player Pos University/School Ht Wt B-T Best Pitch
1 Brendan McKay LHP University of Louisville 6-2 220 L-L Curveball (55/65)
2 MacKenzie Gore LHP Whiteville High School (NC) 6-2 170 L-L Fastball (55/65)
3 David Peterson LHP University of Oregon 6-6 235 L-L Fastball (55/60)
4 D.L. Hall LHP Valdosta High School (GA) 6-2 170 L-L Fastball (55/65)
5 Trevor Rogers LHP Carlsbad High School (NM) 6-6 190 L-L Fastball (50/65)
6 Seth Romero * LHP University of Houston 6-3 220 L-L Fastball (55/65)
7 Brendon Little LHP State Junior College of Florida 6-2 215 L-L Fastball (55/65)
8 Jacob Heatherly LHP Cullman High School (AL) 6-3 200 L-L Fastball (55/65)
9 Luke Heimlich LHP Oregon State University 6-1 197 L-L Curveball (55/60)
10 Hugh Fisher LHP Briarcrest Christian Academy (TN) 6-5 185 R-L Fastball (50/65)
11 Jake Eder LHP Calvary Christian Academy (FL) 6-4 220 L-L Fastball (50/65)
12 Seth Corry LHP Lone Peak High School (UT) 6-1 185 L-L Fastball (50/65)
13 Logan Allen LHP University High School (FL) 5-11 175 L-L Changeup (40/60)
14 Shane Drohan LHP Cardinal Newman High School (FL) 6-2 190 R-L Fastball (50/60)
15 Mitchell Stone LHP Deer Creek High School (OK) 6-9 250 L-L Curveball (55/60)
16 Alex Troop LHP Michigan State University 6-5 210 L-L Changeup (55/60)
17 Daniel Tillo LHP Iowa Western Junior College 6-5 225 L-L Fastball (55/65)
18 Oliver Jaskie LHP University of Michigan 6-3 210 L-L Changeup (55/60)
19 Matt Crohan + LHP Winthrop University 6-4 215 L-L Fastball (55/60)
20 John Gavin LHP California State University, Fullerton 6-6 250 R-L Slider (55/60)

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