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The Best Current MLB Pitchers

Updated April 24, 2020 73.2k votes 7.8k voters 107.2k views116 items

List RulesOnly active pitchers. No minor leaguers or recently retired players

Who are the best current MLB pitchers? Who's 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 MLB 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 (one of the best left-handed pitchers), Zack Greinke, and the Phillies' Jake Arrietta. But this list is not limited to the best starting pitchers. Closers like Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, 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? For now, cast your votes for who you think are the best pitchers in baseball right now.

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  • Jacob Degrom1
    1,903
    903

    Jacob Degrom

    New York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDeLeon Springs, Florida

    BatsLeft

  • Justin Verlander2
    1,946
    659

    Justin Verlander

    Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceManakin-Sabot, Virginia

    BatsRight

  • Gerrit Cole3
    1,312
    670

    Gerrit Cole

    New York Yankees

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

    BatsRight

  • Max Scherzer4
    2,090
    1,254

    Max Scherzer

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    BatsRight-handed

    More Max Scherzer 

    #15 of 62 The Most Likable Active MLB Players#19 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

  • Clayton Kershaw5
    2,366
    1,893

    Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

  • Stephen Strasburg6
    1,119
    675

    Stephen Strasburg

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

  • Blake Snell7
    283
    94

    Blake Snell

    Tampa Bay Rays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerica

    BatsLeft

  • Noah Syndergaard8
    1,081
    633

    Noah Syndergaard

    New York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMansfield, Texas

    BatsRight

  • Aaron Nola9
    263
    113

    Aaron Nola

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsRight

  • Chris Sale10
    1,574
    1,449

    Chris Sale

    Boston Red Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

    BatsLeft

    More Chris Sale 

    #248 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#22 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

  • Aroldis Chapman11
    786
    517

    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

    BatsLeft-handed

  • Corey Kluber12
    1,122
    1,006

    Corey Kluber

    Texas Rangers

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    BatsRight

  • Josh Hader13
    196
    58

    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsLeft

  • Trevor Bauer14
    223
    89

    Trevor Bauer

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

    BatsRight

  • Zack Greinke15
    1,076
    1,150

    Zack Greinke

    Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    BatsRight-handed

  • Marcus Stroman16
    347
    279

    Marcus Stroman

    New York Mets

    PositionStarting pitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceMedford, New York, USA

    Batsright-handed

  • Madison Bumgarner17
    1,213
    1,497

    Madison Bumgarner

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

    BatsRight-handed

  • Masahiro Tanaka18
    497
    469

    Masahiro Tanaka

    New York Yankees

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    NationalityJapanese

    BirthplaceItami, Japan

    BatsRight-handed

  • Hyun-jin Ryu19
    462
    217

    Hyun-jin Ryu

    Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalitySouth Korea

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    BatsRight-handed

  • Jon Lester20
    683
    800

    Jon Lester

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    BatsLeft-handed

  • Craig Kimbrel21
    492
    572

    Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

    BatsRight

  • Dallas Keuchel22
    612
    773

    Dallas Keuchel

    Chicago White Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    BatsLeft

  • Jake Arrieta23
    915
    1,283

    Jake Arrieta

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceFarmington, Missouri, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

    More Jake Arrieta 

    #150 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time#21 of 34 The Most Overpaid Professional Athletes Right Now

  • Cole Hamels24
    424
    560

    Cole Hamels

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    BatsLeft-handed

  • Zach Britton25
    87
    69

    Zach Britton

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePanorama City, Los Angeles, California

    BatsLeft