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The Best Current MLB Pitchers

Updated April 24, 2020 71.6k votes 7.9k voters 107.4k 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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  • Jacob Degrom1
    1,833
    872

    Jacob Degrom

    New York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDeLeon Springs, Florida

    BatsLeft

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  • Justin Verlander2
    1,874
    643

    Justin Verlander

    Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceManakin-Sabot, Virginia

    BatsRight

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  • Gerrit Cole3
    1,251
    655

    Gerrit Cole

    New York Yankees

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

    BatsRight

  • Max Scherzer4
    2,018
    1,211

    Max Scherzer

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceChesterfield, Missouri

    BatsRight-handed

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  • Clayton Kershaw5
    2,283
    1,821

    Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

  • Stephen Strasburg6
    1,074
    654

    Stephen Strasburg

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

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  • Noah Syndergaard7
    1,048
    616

    Noah Syndergaard

    New York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceMansfield, Texas

    BatsRight

  • Blake Snell8
    281
    97

    Blake Snell

    Tampa Bay Rays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerica

    BatsLeft

  • Aroldis Chapman9
    760
    502

    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

    BatsLeft-handed

  • Chris Sale10
    1,518
    1,400

    Chris Sale

    Boston Red Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida

    BatsLeft

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  • Trevor Bauer11
    225
    90

    Trevor Bauer

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

    BatsRight

  • Corey Kluber12
    1,080
    976

    Corey Kluber

    Texas Rangers

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    BatsRight

  • Josh Hader13
    197
    60

    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsLeft

  • Aaron Nola14
    254
    116

    Aaron Nola

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsRight

  • Zack Greinke15
    1,037
    1,105

    Zack Greinke

    Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    BatsRight-handed

  • Marcus Stroman16
    335
    271

    Marcus Stroman

    New York Mets

    PositionStarting pitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceMedford, New York, USA

    Batsright-handed

  • Masahiro Tanaka17
    476
    453

    Masahiro Tanaka

    New York Yankees

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    NationalityJapanese

    BirthplaceItami, Japan

    BatsRight-handed

  • Madison Bumgarner18
    1,165
    1,435

    Madison Bumgarner

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

    BatsRight-handed

  • Jordan Zimmermann19
    591
    591

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Detroit Tigers

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceAuburndale, Wisconsin

    BatsRight-handed

  • Hyun-jin Ryu20
    450
    206

    Hyun-jin Ryu

    Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionPitcher

    NationalitySouth Korea

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    BatsRight-handed

  • Jon Lester21
    656
    770

    Jon Lester

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    BatsLeft-handed

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    #95 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#39 of 118 The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time

  • Craig Kimbrel22
    473
    554

    Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

    BatsRight

  • Dallas Keuchel23
    583
    743

    Dallas Keuchel

    Chicago White Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    BatsLeft

  • Jake Arrieta24
    881
    1,230

    Jake Arrieta

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceFarmington, Missouri, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

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    #26 of 32 The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History#21 of 34 The Most Overpaid Professional Athletes Right Now

  • Cole Hamels25
    407
    542

    Cole Hamels

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionStarting Pitcher

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    BatsLeft-handed

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    #12 of 111 The Best Philadelphia Phillies Of All Time#30 of 56 The Most Attractive MLB Players Today