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Hardest Throwing Pitching Prospects

From the Prospect Blog at Baseball America (no subscription necessary), here is the list of the hardest throwing left-handed starters in the 2008 Prospect Book. Given the dearth of hard-trhowing lefties, this list could be considered a premium sleeper one in deep keeper leagues.

For me, the Washington Nationals' Ross Detwiler drew my attention. He got to pitch for the Natspos in September so should be considered likely to see time in 2008. Normally, I'd let him slide, as I do with most starting pitchers on bad teams, but his ranking amongst the hardest throwing lefties, has me reconsidering.

A "#" means the pitcher mised 2007 with an injury or will miss 2008.

PITCHER TEAM AGE MPH K/9 BB/9 IP LEVEL
Aaron Poreda CWS 20 100 9.3 1.9 46 R
Clayton Kershaw LAD 19 99 12.0 4.9 122 LoA/AA
Franklin Morales COL 21 98 7.4 4.6 113 AA/AAA
Jake McGee TB 21 98 11.3 3.3 140 HiA/AA
Madison Bumgarner SF 18 97 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kasey Kiker TEX 19 97 10.5 3.8 96 LoA
Gio Gonzalez OAK 21 96 11.1 3.4 150 AA
Sean West# FLA 21 96 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Scott Elbert# LAD 22 96 15.4 6.4 14 AA
Ross Detwiler WAS 21 96 7.6 3.2 33 R/HiA