2013 sports The Best Current MLB Pitchers  

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List Rules Only active pitchers. No minor leaguers or recently retired players

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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1,612 540
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

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832 573
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Max Scherzer Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

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873 506
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox

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927 598
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants

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608 337
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians

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747 778
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Félix Hernández Seattle Mariners

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736 478
Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs

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606 586
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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487 448
Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Jacob Degrom New York Mets

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424 141
Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Noah Syndergaard

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571 680
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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474 357
Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

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470 358
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jon Lester Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs

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423 321
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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337 294
Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
MattBryant added Dallas Keuchel Houston Astros

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569 417
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

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445 403
Johnny Cueto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals

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397 585
Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Matt Harvey New York Mets

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284 382
Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
zacharyneill added Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates

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433 447
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Yu Darvish Texas Rangers

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437 486
Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
hawkster.steve added Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals

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329 248
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds

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259 250
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays

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252 351
Sonny Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics

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275 254
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
JCallaway11 added Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres

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252 301
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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226 356
Jordan Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals

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232 303
Michael Wacha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
TerryRansom added Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals - Rookie Pitcher

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227 263
Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees

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137 303
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added James Shields Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres

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152 147
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
JNino added Wade Davis Kansas City Royals

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154 296
Shelby Miller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves

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142 147
Carlos Martinez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
EricFischer added Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardianls

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98 182
Julio Teherán is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Julio Teherán Atlanta Braves

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119 60
Marcus Stroman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mckib5816 added Marcus Stroman

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119 220
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Jeff Samardzija Chicago White Sox

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100 116
Danny Salazar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Danny Salazar

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92 257
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Scott Kazmir Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Cleveland Indians

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133 189
Gio Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Gio Gonzalez Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals

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137 351
Clay Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox

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121 223
Doug Fister is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Doug Fister Washington Nationals

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104 194
Hisashi Iwakuma is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Hisashi Iwakuma Seattle Mariners

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111 105
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Tom Andersen added Bartolo Colón Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

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109 206
Lance Lynn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals

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121 133
Dellin Betances is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Dellin Betances New York Yankees

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125 235
Aníbal Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Aníbal Sánchez Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers

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99 127
Jeurys Familia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
jonathan-guerra added Jeurys Familia

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85 95
José Quintana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers

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84 158
Garrett Richards is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
surag added Garrett Richards Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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94 218
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays