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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Spring Training, along with the World Baseball Classic, have come and gone
and the 2023 MLB Regular Season started on Thursday, March 30. 

The new rules intended to increase the pace of play will add more excitement to the game.

The new rules limiting the defensive shift and the ability for defenses the stack the field
will leave more room for ground balls to get through between first and second base,
and open the right field corner and the right-center field alley for lefthanded batters.

Brandon Belt and Daulton Varsho are now playing for the Toronto Blue Jays
Adam Frazier is now playing for the Baltimore Orioles
Masataka Yoshida is now playing for the Boston Red Sox
Joey Gallo is now playing for the Minnesota Twins
Andrew Benintendi is now playing for the Chicago White Sox
Cody Bellinger is now playing for the Chicago Cubs
Michael Conforto is now playing for the San Francisco Giants
Matt Carpenter is now playing for the San Diego Padres
Kolton Wong is now playing for the Seattle Mariners
Luis Arraez is now playing for the Florida Marlins
Jesse Winker is now playing for the Milwaukee Brewers
David Peralta is now playing for the LA Dodgers

Carlos Rodon is now pitching for the New York Yankees
Tyler Anderson is now pitching for the LA Angels
Sean Manaea is now pitching for the San Francisco Giants
Jose Quintana is now pitching for the New York Mets
Wade Miley is now pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers
Rich Hill is now pitching for the Pittsburg Pirates
Matthew Boyd is now pitching for the Detroit Tigers
Andrew Chafin is now pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Matt Moore is now pitching for the LA Angels
Aroldis Chapman is now pitching for the Kansas City Royals 

Familiar faces starting 2023 in new places

Lefthanders in MLB Starting Rotations

The 2023 Major League Baseball Season has begun

Eight Lefthanded Pitchers (out of 30 MLB teams) earned the honor of starting opening day

Max Fried - Atlanta Braves started against Patrick Corbin - Washington Nationals

Eduardo Rodriguez - Detroit Tigers started against Shane McClanahan - Tampa Bay Rays

Also starting on Thurday...Blake Snell - San Diego Padres, Framber Valdez - Houston Astros,

Kyle Muller - Oakland Athletics, and Julio Urias - Los Angeles Dodgers,

Some were traded and others signed as free agents,
but many lefthanders will be starting the 2023 season with new teams

2023 Opening Day Starters

Projections for the starting rotations for the 30 MLB teams (5 starters per team/150 pitchers) included 47 lefthanders among them.  Three American League Teams (Cleveland, Chicago, and Minnesota) do not have a lefthander in their 2023 projected starting rotation. 

We will continue to track this as the season progresses.