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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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2,046 930
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Los Angeles Dodgers

2
1,251 815
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

3
1,270 732
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago White Sox

4
898 553
Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added New York Mets

5
879 517
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cleveland Indians

6
1,114 920
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
San Francisco Giants

7
939 497
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros

8
693 272
Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
New York Mets

9
750 790
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

10
874 766
Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

11
835 1,087
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Seattle Mariners

12
624 487
Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Washington Nationals

13
444 454
Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
zacharyneill added Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros

14
664 866
David Price is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

15
469 411
Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
MattBryant added Houston Astros

16
579 484
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs

17
502 553
Johnny Cueto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

18
456 320
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds

19
372 306
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

20
422 779
Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets

21
478 592
Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
hawkster.steve added St. Louis Cardinals

22
493 575
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

23
320 329
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Pittsburgh Pirates

24
312 369
Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

25
289 468
Sonny Gray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics