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The Best Left-Handed Pitchers Currently in the MLB

Updated February 20, 2019 8.5k votes 807 voters 20.6k 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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  • 1
    Clayton Kershaw
    398
    191

    Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 2
    Josh Hader
    289
    131

    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsLeft

  • 3
    Chris Sale
    345
    178

    Chris Sale

    Boston Red Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

    BatsLeft

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  • 4
    Hyun-jin Ryu
    225
    100

    Hyun-jin Ryu

    Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalitySouth Korea

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    BatsRight-handed

  • 5
    Aroldis Chapman
    225
    114

    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 6
    Blake Snell
    272
    151

    Blake Snell

    Tampa Bay Rays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerica

    BatsLeft

  • 7
    Patrick Corbin
    178
    92

    Patrick Corbin

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceClay, New York

    BatsLeft

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  • 8
    Madison Bumgarner
    203
    128

    Madison Bumgarner

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

    BatsRight-handed

  • 9
    James Paxton
    183
    124

    James Paxton

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceRichmond, Canada

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  • 10
    Dallas Keuchel
    146
    110

    Dallas Keuchel

    Chicago White Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    BatsLeft

  • 11
    Brad Hand
    109
    76

    Brad Hand

    Cleveland Indians

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChaska, Minnesota

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 12
    Will Smith
    84
    54

    Will Smith

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

    BatsRight

  • 13
    Zach Britton
    106
    82

    Zach Britton

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePanorama City, Los Angeles, California

    BatsLeft

  • 14
    Sean Doolittle
    96
    75

    Sean Doolittle

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

    BatsLeft-handed

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  • 15
    Jon Lester
    125
    109

    Jon Lester

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 16
    Andrew Miller
    91
    77

    Andrew Miller

    St. Lous Cardinals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGainesville, Florida

    BatsLeft

  • 17
    Mike Minor
    76
    61

    Mike Minor

    Texas Rangers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChapel Hill, Tennessee

    BatsRight-handed

  • 18
    Cole Hamels
    111
    100

    Cole Hamels

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 19
    CC Sabathia
    106
    100

    CC Sabathia

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVallejo, California, United States of America

    BatsLeft-handed

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  • 20
    David Price
    128
    124

    David Price

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMurfreesboro, Tennessee

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 21
    Sean Manaea
    79
    77

    Sean Manaea

    Oakland Athletics

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceClinton Township, Wanatah, Indiana

    BatsRight

  • 22
    Kyle Freeland
    84
    88

    Kyle Freeland

    Colorado Rockies

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 23
    Alex Wood
  • 24
    Felipe Vazquez
  • 25
    José Quintana
    69
    80

    José Quintana

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityColombian

    BirthplaceArjona, Colombia, Colombia

    BatsRight