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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? 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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Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Los Angeles Dodgers
2
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Washington Nationals
3
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago White Sox
4
Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added New York Mets
5
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros
6
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cleveland Indians
7
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
San Francisco Giants
8
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
zacharyneill added Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros
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Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
New York Mets
11
Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs
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Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Washington Nationals
13
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Seattle Mariners
14
David Price is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays
15
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs
16
Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
MattBryant added Houston Astros
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Johnny Cueto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants
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Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds
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Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
JCallaway11 added Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox
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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
hawkster.steve added St. Louis Cardinals
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Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets
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Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers
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Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Pittsburgh Pirates
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Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers
25
Sonny Gray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics