2015 MLB Draft Board: High school left-handed pitchers
Kolby Allard, LHP, San Clemente HS, California: UCLA commit, candidate to go in top five until a stress injury in his back sidelined him. When healthy, delivers easy 90+ heat with impressive curveball and low-effort delivery. Draft slot will depend on medicals, on merit he is an early first-rounder.
Juan Hillman, LHP, Olympia HS, Orlando, Florida: Central Florida commit, godson of Tom Gordon and has grown up with Gordon family, outstanding pitchability is his hallmark but his velocity has picked up, too, changes speeds well, athletic, very polished, not likely to get to college at this point. TT: Late first round/comp round.
Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS, Concord, California: Huge 6-7, 230 pounder, UCLA commit, reportedly floating large bonus demands to pass college. Someone might bite if they like his 93-96 MPH fastball, decent change-up and overall athleticism but breaking stuff needs work and his command is unreliable at this stage. Enormous upside but draft slot will depend on money/college balance.
Bryan Hudson, LHP, Alton HS, Illinois: University of Missouri recruit, heartland version of Justin Hooper at 6-8, 220, can hit low-90s but secondary pitches need work though breaking ball has promise. In some ways he is more advanced than Hooper even if he gets less press. Stock on the rise. TT: Second round.
Tom Szapucki, LHP, Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida: University of Florida commit, can hit 92-95 and features an impressive breaking ball, low-angle delivery adds deception but makes him somewhat unconventional and raises some durability concerns. TT: Second/third round.
Logan Allen, LHP, IMG Academy: South Carolina commit, draws good reviews for pitchability, quality slider, curve, change-up, stock increased as fastball kicked up into the 90s. Polished for his age and a favorite of trusted expert sources, projects as durable workhorse starter. TT: Second/third round.
Sixto Torres, LHP, Faith Baptist Christian School, Brandon, Florida: Alabama State commit, mature body generates 90-94 heat, command and secondary pitches need polish but size (6-4, 220) and strength could make him a mid-rotation arm if it all comes together. TT: Third round.
Jared Padgett, LHP, Graceville HS, Florida: Mississippi State commit, good size (6-4, 200), low-90s fastball and promising curve, inconsistent and will need patient development but has mid-rotation potentiality. TT: Fourth round.
Jovani Moran, LHP, Carlos Beltran Academy, Puerto Rico: South Florida commit, low-effort 88-90 heat from athletic body, needs to gain size and strength but that’s quite possible. A project, but could go soon enough to skip college. TT: Sixth round or later.
Brendon Little, LHP, Conestoga HS, Berwyn, Pennsylvania: North Carolina commit, cold-weather background but well-known to scouts due to showcase exposure, inconsistent with both stuff and command but at his best throws three pitches for strikes. TT: Sixth round or later. If he goes to college, could be much earlier pick in three years.
The southpaw ranks are not as deep as the right-handers, but feel free to bring up names not yet mentioned.