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Who are the best current MLB pitchers in 2016-2017? Who will be the most dominant pitcher of the entire season? That remains to be seen, but for now, these pitchers are among the best. They are also among the best current baseball players. Vote for the current Major League Baseball pitchers you believe are the best, vote down any who aren't performing well and feel free to add new potential breakout stars, too. You can also re-rank this list in any order you choose.

Any list of the best current MLB pitchers should include one of the highest paid pitchers in the MLB, Justin Verlander. Other great starters on the list include Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and the Chicago Cubs’s Jake Arrietta. But this list is not limited to the best starting pitchers. Closers like Mark Melancon and Trevor Rosenthal deserve as much credit to their teams’s success as anyone on the starting rotation. 

That's what this list is about: The MLB pitchers that you think are worth the big bucks, because they are, quite simply, the best. Will any of the current good MLB pitchers on this list ultimately wind up on a list of the greatest baseball players of all time? Possibly so. It takes time, but in the interim, feel free to head over to the list and cast your votes!

 

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Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

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Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Max Scherzer Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

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Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox

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+ - 841 527
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants

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Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Félix Hernández Seattle Mariners

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Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs

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Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians

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+ - 548 532
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Zack Greinke Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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+ - 371 99
Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Noah Syndergaard

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+ - 456 395
Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jacob Degrom New York Mets

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David Price is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
David Price Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

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Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jon Lester Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs

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+ - 416 326
Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

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Jose Fernandez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
voting closed at #10 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins

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Johnny Cueto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals

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Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Matt Harvey New York Mets

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+ - 275 272
Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Dallas Keuchel Houston Astros

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Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

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Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates

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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals

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+ - 388 413
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Yu Darvish Texas Rangers

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Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds

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Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays

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Sonny Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics

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Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres

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+ - 236 270
Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

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Jordan Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals

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+ - 226 264
Michael Wacha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals - Rookie Pitcher

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Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees

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James Shields is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
James Shields Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres

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+ - 147 263
Shelby Miller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves

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+ - 135 122
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Wade Davis Kansas City Royals

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+ - 124 123
Carlos Martinez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardianls

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Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Scott Kazmir Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Cleveland Indians

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+ - 86 159
Julio Teherán is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Julio Teherán Atlanta Braves

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+ - 87 95
Danny Salazar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers

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Clay Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox

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+ - 100 44
Marcus Stroman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Marcus Stroman

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+ - 114 199
Doug Fister is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Doug Fister Washington Nationals

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+ - 97 167
Hisashi Iwakuma is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Hisashi Iwakuma Seattle Mariners

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+ - 104 195
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jeff Samardzija Chicago White Sox

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+ - 103 183
Lance Lynn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals

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+ - 120 213
Aníbal Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Aníbal Sánchez Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers

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Jeurys Familia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers

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+ - 95 85
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Bartolo Colón Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

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+ - 107 116
Dellin Betances is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Dellin Betances New York Yankees

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+ - 113 173
Gio Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Gio Gonzalez Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals

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+ - 78 134
Garrett Richards is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Garrett Richards Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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+ - 79 127
Zack Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Zack Wheeler New York Mets

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+ - 87 193
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays