Position-by-Position Rankings: Lefthanders (VIDEO)


This issue celebrates Baseball America’s 25th Top 100 Prospects list, and we just published our 14th Prospect Handbook with 900 scouting reports. Ranking players is our business as well as our hobby, though, so we just can’t stop ourselves. Here’s a look at how prospects rank by position, covering 300 of the best prospects in the game.

Nine lefthanders made the Top 100 Prospects list, but that pales in comparison to a lengthy list of righthanders. The current crop of southpaws also lacks the impact of the righthanders list, with a lot more potential middle-of-the-rotation starters rather than potential aces. The exception might be Sean Manaea (see sidebar).

LEFTHANDERS
GRADE C
Rank, Player, Team
1. Andrew Heaney, Marlins
2. Henry Owens, Red Sox
3. Julio Urias, Dodgers
4. Max Fried, Padres
5. Edwin Escobar, Giants
6. Eduardo Rodriguez, Orioles
7. Jesse Biddle, Phillies
8. Trey Ball, Red Sox
9. James Paxton, Mariners
10. Sean Manaea, Royals
11. Lewis Thorpe, Twins
12. Justin Nicolino, Marlins
13. Marco Gonzales, Cardinals
14. Enny Romero, Rays
15. Luiz Gohara, Mariners
16. Robbie Ray, Tigers
17. Adalberto Mejia, Giants
18. Daniel Norris, Blue Jays
19. Tim Cooney, Cardinals
20. Sammy Solis, Nationals
21. Rob Kaminsky, Cardinals
22. Ian Clarkin, Yankees
23. Brian Flynn, Marlins
24. David Holmberg, Reds
25. Josh Hader, Astros
26. Matt Purke, Nationals
27. Sean Nolin, Blue Jays
28. Steve Matz, lhp, Mets
29. Adam Conley, Marlins
30. Blake Snell, Rays