After all the excitement and rumors over the past week surrounding the Phillies potentially trading Cliff Lee, the 33-year-old left-hander was not moved before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
Drafted by the
Montreal Expos Washington Nationals in the fourth round of the 2000 draft, Lee enjoyed a breakout season in 2008 with the Cleveland Indians when he was 22-2 with a 2.54 ERA, 1.110 WHIP, 6.9 K/9 and MLB-leading 1.4 BB/9. He ultimately was named the American League Cy Young Award winner and finished 12th in the MVP voting.
In 2009, the left-hander began his career as a hired gun, playing parts of seasons with Philadelphia, Seattle and Texas over the last four years.
Over the course of his 11-year career, Lee is 121-75 with a 3.65 ERA, 7.3 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 1,767 innings. Not to be forgotten, he's also registered a 2.82 ERA with 89 K/10 BB in 82 postseason innings (11 starts).
But as we look toward the minor leagues, are there any young, left-handed pitching prospects who have the potential to be the next Cliff Lee?
Here are 10 southpaws who warrant consideration.