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The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB

Updated February 20, 2019 8.5k votes 793 voters 20.1k views45 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
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    Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

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    Josh Hader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    130

    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsLeft

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    Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Chris Sale

    Boston Red Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

    BatsLeft

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  • 4
    Hyun-jin Ryu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    100

    Hyun-jin Ryu

    Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalitySouth Korea

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    BatsRight-handed

  • 5
    Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    112

    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 6
    Blake Snell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    150

    Blake Snell

    Tampa Bay Rays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerica

    BatsLeft

  • 7
    Patrick Corbin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Patrick Corbin

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceClay, New York

    BatsLeft

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    Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Madison Bumgarner

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

    BatsRight-handed

  • 9
    James Paxton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    124

    James Paxton

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceRichmond, Canada

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

    Chicago White Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    BatsLeft

  • 11
    Brad Hand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
    108
    76

    Brad Hand

    Cleveland Indians

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChaska, Minnesota

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 12
    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
    81
    54

    Will Smith

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

    BatsRight

  • 13
    Zach Britton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
    106
    82

    Zach Britton

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePanorama City, Los Angeles, California

    BatsLeft

  • 14
    Sean Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
    96
    75

    Sean Doolittle

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 15
    Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Jon Lester

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 16
    Andrew Miller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
    91
    77

    Andrew Miller

    St. Lous Cardinals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGainesville, Florida

    BatsLeft

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  • 17
    Mike Minor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Mike Minor

    Texas Rangers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChapel Hill, Tennessee

    BatsRight-handed

  • 18
    Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Cole Hamels

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    BatsLeft-handed

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    CC Sabathia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    CC Sabathia

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVallejo, California, United States of America

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 20
    David Price is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    David Price

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMurfreesboro, Tennessee

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 21
    Sean Manaea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Sean Manaea

    Oakland Athletics

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceClinton Township, Wanatah, Indiana

    BatsRight

  • 22
    Alex Wood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Kyle Freeland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    Kyle Freeland

    Colorado Rockies

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 24
    Felipe Vazquez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    José Quintana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB
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    José Quintana

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityColombian

    BirthplaceArjona, Colombia, Colombia

    BatsRight

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