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2020 Draft: Top 20 College LHP



By Teddy Cahill

College lefthanders are always in high demand in the draft. College pitching is seen as one of the safer groups of draft prospects and the scarcity of lefthanded pitchers can help push them up draft boards.

The last two years have seen three college lefthanders drafted in the first round, but this year’s group looks to be even better. It could be the best group of college lefties since at least 2014, when four were drafted in the top 20 picks, led by Carlos Rodon (third) and Kyle Freeland (seventh).

This year, Texas A&M’s Asa Lacy is the top-ranked lefthander and could be in the mix as the first-overall pick, something no college lefty has done since David Price in 2007. Louisville’s Reid Detmers and Tennessee’s Garrett Crochet join Lacy as top-half of the first-round candidates.

This list is based on draft status and does not include two-way players.

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    Asa Lacy

    Texas A&M LHP
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    Lacy’s strong start to the season established him as the best pitcher in the draft class, as he amassed 46 strikeouts in 24 innings and held opponents to nine hits and eight walks. His premium stuff as a lefthander combined with his track record of success has him in the mix to be drafted in the top few picks.

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    Reid Detmers

    Louisville LHP
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    Detmers has the best curveball in the country and he has put it to excellent use throughout his college career, piling up 215 strikeouts in 135 innings over the last two years. His polish and pair of plus pitches makes him a likely top-10 pick.

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    Garrett Crochet

    Tennessee LHP
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    Crochet missed the first two weeks of the season due to injury before debuting just before the season was canceled. When he’s healthy, he has power stuff, with a fastball that gets into the upper 90s, giving him big upside.

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    Jared Shuster

    Wake Forest LHP
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    Shuster took a step forward last summer with a strong performance in the Cape Cod League and this spring kept that momentum rolling back at Wake Forest. He’s added velocity to go with solid offspeed stuff, giving him a strong all-around package.

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    Ian Seymour

    Virginia Tech LHP
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    Like Shuster, Seymour had a breakout summer on the Cape and carried that performance into the spring at Virginia Tech. He attacks hitters with a low-90s fastball and a good changeup.

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    Burl Carraway

    Dallas Baptist LHP
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    Carraway is the best reliever in the draft class, proving himself ably in that role both at DBU and with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. His fastball reaches the upper 90s and he pairs it with a powerful breaking ball.

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    Seth Lonsway

    Ohio State LHP
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    A highly regarded player out of high school, Lonsway has lived up to that billing at Ohio State after redshirting his first year on campus. He was a Freshman All-American in 2019 and started the 2020 season very well, emerging as the Buckeyes’ ace.

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    Jake Eder

    Vanderbilt LHP
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    Eder was a highly regarded player coming out of the Florida prep ranks and took on greater roles on the Vanderbilt staff as his career progressed, this season stepping into the weekend rotation. He looks the part with a prototypical pitcher’s build, easy delivery and low-90s velocity.

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    Sam Weatherly

    Clemson LHP
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    Weatherly was one of the biggest early risers this spring. After mostly pitching in relief his first two seasons at Clemson, he took a spot in the rotation and ran with it as a junior. His fastball reaches the mid 90s and his control has taken a step forward.

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    Nick Swiney

    North Carolina State LHP
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    Like several others on this list, Swiney took a step forward this spring, emerging as the Wolfpack’s ace. He had spent most of the last two years in the bullpen but excelled as a starter in 2020, attacking hitters with a low-90s fastball and good changeup.

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    Andrew Abbott

    Virginia LHP
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    Like Carraway, Abbott has excelled as a reliever in college, both at Virginia and with Team USA. He piled up 26 strikeouts in just 12.2 innings this spring. He attacks hitters with a low-90s fastball and good curveball and is capable of working multi-inning outings.

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    Levi Prater

    Oklahoma LHP
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    Prater has been a consistent part of the Sooners’ rotation for the last two years, proving himself to be a reliable starter. He’s not overpowering, and his fastball typically sits around 90 mph. But he commands it well and has a good feel for pitching.

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    Hugh Fisher

    Vanderbilt LHP
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    Fisher pitched out of the bullpen his first two years at Vanderbilt before having Tommy John surgery in the fall. When he’s healthy, his fastball gets into the mid 90s, but still needs to refine his control.

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    Adam Seminaris

    Long Beach State LHP
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    Seminaris helped the Dirtbags get off to a fast start this spring, impressing as their Friday starter. He’s not overpowering but has a good feel for pitching and pounds the strike zone.

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    Justin Fall

    Arizona State LHP
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    Fall has an imposing 6-foot-6, 237-pound frame and the big arm to match. He can run his fastball into the mid 90s and he has promising offspeed stuff as well, but there are some rough edges to his game that need to be refined.

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    Ryan Webb

    Georgia LHP
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    Webb has mostly pitched out of the Bulldogs’ bullpen during his college career, taking on a relief ace role. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he has a full four-pitch mix that gives him a chance to start or continue in a key role out of the bullpen at the next level.

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    Michael Kirian

    Louisville LHP
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    Kirian this spring took over as Louisville’s closer and was outstanding in the role, earning a save in all six of his appearances and holding opposing hitters to just two hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. He has a physical 6-foot-6 frame and a fastball that gets into the mid 90s.

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    Jacob Palisch

    Stanford LHP
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    Palisch was sidelined at the start of the season due to a lat injury and ultimately never pitched due to the cancelation. During the summer on the Cape, however, he showed a good three-pitch mix and while he wasn’t overpowering, proved to be very effective.

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    Shane Drohan

    Florida State LHP
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    Drohan was a breakout candidate this spring and he showed flashes in the shortened campaign. He can run his fastball in the mid 90s and pairs it with a good curveball, but still needs to refine his command.

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    Matt Mikulski

    Fordham LHP
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    Mikulski has good stuff and pitches well off his low 90s fastball. He needs to refine his control but offers solid upside overall.

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