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The Best Current MLB Pitchers 

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Updated April 24, 2020 76.1k votes 7.7k voters 106.1k views 116 items

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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Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Washington Nationals

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Bats: Right-handed

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#143 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #43 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #35 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Bats: Left-handed

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#73 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #22 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #166 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Jacob Degrom New York Mets

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: DeLeon Springs, Florida

Bats: Left

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#292 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #73 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #85 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Houston Astros

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

Bats: Right

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#139 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #39 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #34 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
zacharyneill added New York Yankees

Position: Starting Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Newport Beach, California

Bats: Right

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#339 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #132 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time #128 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Boston Red Sox

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida

Bats: Left

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#36 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #282 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #72 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Washington Nationals

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Bats: Right-handed

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#267 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #66 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #90 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mansfield, Texas

Bats: Right

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#461 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #116 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #40 of 61 The Most Likable Active MLB Players

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Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Texas Rangers

Position: Starting Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama

Bats: Right

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#338 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #84 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #102 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Arizona Diamondbacks

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina

Bats: Right-handed

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#265 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #134 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #43 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Houston Astros

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

Bats: Right-handed

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#250 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #125 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #56 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added New York Yankees

Position: Pitcher

Birthplace: Holguín, Cuba

Bats: Left-handed

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#316 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #75 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time #54 of 61 The Most Likable Active MLB Players

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Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

Bats: Left-handed

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#34 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #89 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #108 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Philadelphia Phillies

Position: Pitcher

Birthplace: Farmington, Missouri, United States of America

Bats: Right-handed

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#150 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #109 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time #70 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

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Blake Snell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Tampa Bay Rays

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: America

Bats: Left

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#57 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players #98 of 118 The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time #157 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

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Aaron Nola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Philadelphia Phillies

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Bats: Right

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#190 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #110 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time #58 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

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Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
MattBryant added Chicago White Sox

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bats: Left

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#207 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time #48 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players #35 of 46 Who Will Win The 2020 American League Cy Young Award?

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Marcus Stroman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mckib5816 added New York Mets

Position: Starting pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Medford, New York, USA

Bats: right-handed

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Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees

Position: Starting Pitcher

Nationality: Japanese

Birthplace: Itami, Japan

Bats: Right-handed

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#82 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time #131 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #31 of 46 Who Will Win The 2020 American League Cy Young Award?

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Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
JCallaway11 added Chicago Cubs

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama

Bats: Right

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#18 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time #30 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players #14 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Atlanta Braves

Position: Starting Pitcher

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Bats: Left-handed

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#181 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #68 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time #129 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

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Hyun-jin Ryu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
seo-joon-han added Hyun-jin Ryu Toronto Blue Jays

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: South Korea

Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea

Bats: Right-handed

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Josh Hader is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Milwaukee Brewers

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Bats: Left

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#468 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #208 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time #102 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

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Trevor Bauer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cincinnati Reds

Position: Pitcher

Nationality: American

Birthplace: North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Bats: Right

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#250 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time #52 of 61 The Most Likable Active MLB Players #90 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

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Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs

Position: Starting Pitcher

Nationality: Japanese

Birthplace: Habikino, Japan

Bats: Right-handed

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#188 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #25 of 61 The Most Likable Active MLB Players #82 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players