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The Best Current MLB Pitchers

Updated April 24, 2020 72.4k votes 7.8k voters 106.9k 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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  • 1
    Jacob Degrom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
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    Jacob Degrom

    New York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDeLeon Springs, Florida

    BatsLeft

  • 2
    Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    1,940
    649

    Justin Verlander

    Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceManakin-Sabot, Virginia

    BatsRight

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  • 3
    Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    1,305
    667

    Gerrit Cole

    New York Yankees

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

    BatsRight

  • 4
    Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    2,083
    1,247

    Max Scherzer

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    BatsRight-handed

  • 5
    Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    2,347
    1,892

    Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 6
    Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    1,114
    669

    Stephen Strasburg

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

  • 7
    Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    1,074
    626

    Noah Syndergaard

    New York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMansfield, Texas

    BatsRight

  • 8
    Blake Snell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    273
    91

    Blake Snell

    Tampa Bay Rays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerica

    BatsLeft

  • 9
    Aaron Nola is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    258
    106

    Aaron Nola

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsRight

  • 10
    Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    1,567
    1,443

    Chris Sale

    Boston Red Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

    BatsLeft

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  • 11
    Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    779
    507

    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 12
    Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    1,119
    996

    Corey Kluber

    Texas Rangers

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    BatsRight

  • 13
    Josh Hader is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    183
    54

    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsLeft

  • 14
    Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    1,067
    1,143

    Zack Greinke

    Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    BatsRight-handed

  • 15
    Trevor Bauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    208
    87

    Trevor Bauer

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

    BatsRight

  • 16
    Marcus Stroman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    343
    269

    Marcus Stroman

    New York Mets

    PositionStarting pitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceMedford, New York, USA

    Batsright-handed

  • 17
    Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    1,210
    1,485

    Madison Bumgarner

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

    BatsRight-handed

  • 18
    Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    496
    460

    Masahiro Tanaka

    New York Yankees

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    NationalityJapanese

    BirthplaceItami, Japan

    BatsRight-handed

  • 19
    Hyun-jin Ryu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    447
    217

    Hyun-jin Ryu

    Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalitySouth Korea

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    BatsRight-handed

  • 20
    Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    489
    564

    Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

    BatsRight

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  • 21
    Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    680
    792

    Jon Lester

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 22
    Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    606
    768

    Dallas Keuchel

    Chicago White Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    BatsLeft

  • 23
    Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    913
    1,276

    Jake Arrieta

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceFarmington, Missouri, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

  • 24
    Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
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    550

    Cole Hamels

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 25
    Zach Britton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
    82
    62

    Zach Britton

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePanorama City, Los Angeles, California

    BatsLeft

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