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The Best Current MLB Pitchers

Updated May 5, 2021 55.7k votes 8.1k voters 109.8k views130 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 2021 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 Cubs'' Jake Arrieta. But this list is not limited to the best starting pitchers. Closers like 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 Degrom

    New York Mets

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDeLeon Springs, Florida

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    Gerrit Cole

    New York Yankees

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

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    #39 of 106 The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time#8 of 18 Pro Athletes Who Dated Siblings of Other Pro Athletes

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    Justin Verlander

    Houston Astros

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceManakin-Sabot, Virginia

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    #11 of 19 Every Pitcher With 300 Strikeouts In A Season#4 of 35 The Best MLB Pitchers With Multiple No-Hitters

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    Max Scherzer

    Washington Nationals

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Chesterfield, Missouri

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    #3 of 48 Every Athlete On The Scott Boras Client List, Ranked#9 of 12 Baseball Players With The All Time Weirdest Superstitions

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    Stephen Strasburg

    Washington Nationals

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

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    #6 of 15 The Best First Overall MLB Draft Picks Ever#1 of 53 The Best Pitchers In Washington Nationals History

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    Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

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    #55 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time#70 of 85 Who Is The Most Famous Athlete In The World Right Now?

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    Noah Syndergaard

    New York Mets

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMansfield, Texas

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    #69 of 207 The Greatest New York Mets of All Time#4 of 34 All The Tallest Current Baseball Players, Ranked

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    Trevor Bauer

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

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    #156 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018#27 of 50 The 50 Most Valuable MLB Players For Fantasy Baseball In 2019

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    Hyun-jin Ryu

    Toronto Blue Jays

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    BatsRight

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    Blake Snell

    San Diego Padres

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsLeft

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    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers

    BirthplaceMillersville, Maryland

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    #1 of 35 Who Will Win The 2020 National League Reliever Of The Year Award?#36 of 36 The Best Current MLB Closers

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    Aaron Nola

    Philadelphia Phillies

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    BatsRight

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    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees

    NationalityCuban

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

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    #64 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#9 of 25 The Most Hated Players In Baseball Right Now

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    Chris Sale

    Boston Red Sox

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

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    #34 of 148 The Best Chicago White Sox of All Time#10 of 52 The Best Pitchers In Boston Red Sox History

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    Corey Kluber

    New York Yankees

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

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    #104 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#331 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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    Zack Greinke

    Houston Astros

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

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    #11 of 32 The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History#24 of 151 The Best Milwaukee Brewers of All Time

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    Marcus Stroman

    New York Mets

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceMedford, New York

    BatsRight

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    Madison Bumgarner

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

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    #7 of 17 The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today#8 of 164 The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time

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    Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago Cubs

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

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    #18 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time#14 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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    Jon Lester

    Washington Nationals

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

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    #36 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#45 of 118 The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time

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    Jack Flaherty

    St. Louis Cardinals

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceBurbank, California

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    Walker Buehler

    Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Shane Bieber

    Cleveland Indians

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceOrange, California

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    Dallas Keuchel

    Chicago White Sox

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

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    #26 of 118 The Best Houston Astros Of All Time#16 of 51 The Best Pitchers In Houston Astros History

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    Patrick Corbin

    Washington Nationals

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceClay, New York

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    #72 of 196 The Top Current Baseball Players#15 of 55 The Greatest Arizona Diamondbacks of All Time