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The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB 

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Updated February 20, 2019 5.8k votes 725 voters 17.1k views 45 items

Left-handed pitchers have long been the downfall of a many a batter in baseball. Whether batters struggle to locate the ball before it leaves the pitcher's hand or those curveballs coming from the opposite side are just too tough to hit, lefties often dominate from the mound. Moreover, the best left-handed pitchers in baseball right now are some of the top pitchers in the game, period. From starting aces to lights-out closers, these southpaws are serious forces to be reckoned with–and they prove it pitch after pitch.

When you think of the best current left-handed pitchers, you think Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, and CC Sabathia. Sure, there are plenty of other dominate lefties on the mound right now, but these three have been running things for years. Nevertheless, fellow left handers like David Price, Madison Bumgarner, and Dallas Keuchel are all equally as feared by batters—and many of these guys could go down as the greatest left-handed pitchers ever. Of all these aces, however, who do you think is the best lefty pitcher currently playing in the MLB? Could they join the ranks of best pitchers of all time?

Check out the list of current left-handed MLB pitchers below and vote up the hurlers you think are at the top of their class. You can also add other lefties to the list if you think they deserve it.

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Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Bats: Left-handed

2
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Boston Red Sox

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida

Bats: Left

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3
Josh Hader is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Milwaukee Brewers

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Bats: Left

4
Blake Snell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Tampa Bay Rays

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: America

Bats: Left

5
Hyun-jin Ryu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Hyun-jin Ryu Toronto Blue Jays

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: South Korea

Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea

Bats: Right-handed

6
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
New York Yankees

Position: Pitcher

Birthplace: Holguín, Cuba

Bats: Left-handed

7
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Arizona Diamondbacks

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina

Bats: Right-handed

8
Patrick Corbin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Washington Nationals

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Clay, New York

Bats: Left

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9
James Paxton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
New York Yankees

Position: Pitcher

Birthplace: Richmond, Canada

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10
Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Chicago White Sox

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bats: Left

11
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Chicago Cubs

Position: Pitcher

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

Bats: Left-handed

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#91 of 200 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #34 of 365 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #110 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

12
Brad Hand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Cleveland Indians

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chaska, Minnesota

Bats: Left-handed

13
Zach Britton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
New York Yankees

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Panorama City, Los Angeles, California

Bats: Left

14
David Price is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Bats: Left-handed

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15
Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Atlanta Braves

Position: Starting Pitcher

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Bats: Left-handed

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16
Sean Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Washington Nationals

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota

Bats: Left-handed

17
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Will Smith Atlanta Braves

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Newnan, Georgia

Bats: Right

18
CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
New York Yankees

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

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#123 of 200 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #40 of 157 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time #303 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

19
Andrew Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
St. Lous Cardinals

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida

Bats: Left

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20
Mike Minor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Texas Rangers

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chapel Hill, Tennessee

Bats: Right-handed

21
Felipe Vazquez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: Venezuela

Birthplace: San Felipe, Venezuela

Bats: Left-handed

22
Kyle Freeland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Colorado Rockies

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Bats: Left-handed

23
Alex Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina

Bats: Right-handed

24
Sean Manaea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Sean Manaea Oakland Athletics

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Clinton Township, Wanatah, Indiana

Bats: Right

25
Sean Newcomb is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
Sean Newcomb Atlanta Braves

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Middleborough, Massachusetts

Bats: Left