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.
|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)|