Skip to content
Home » All Star Corner » Best Pitchers in MLB in 2024

Best Pitchers in MLB in 2024

There are many great starting pitchers to take the mound throughout the course of the 2023 MLB season. While pitching is different from past eras in terms of fewer complete games and innings pitched, pitchers today strike out batters at a rate significantly higher than bygone eras.

Below, we take a look at the best starting pitchers right now in MLB’s last season and the top five in the modern era, which is widely considered past World War II.

Read on!

Best MLB Pitchers Right Now

10. Justin Steele (Chicago Cubs)

Steele was drafted out of high school by the Cubs in 2014. He made his MLB debut on April 12, 2021.

He posted modest numbers over his first two MLB seasons, going 8-11 with an ERA of 3.52 in 176 innings.

Steele became one of the top pitchers in the league last season, posting a record of 16-7 with an ERA of 3.06. He struck out 176 in 173 ⅓ innings, while walking only 36.

Steele was also named to his first All-Star team and is just now entering his prime at 28 years old.

9. Kevin Gausman (Toronto Blue Jays)

Gausman has been pitching in the Major Leagues for 11 seasons with a solid resume under hit belt. He won 11 games and led the league in games started with 34 in 2017 while with the Baltimore Orioles.

Gausman pitched five seasons in Baltimore and parts of two seasons with the Braves and Reds before having his biggest success with the Giants and Blue Jays.

He made his first All-Star team in 2021 and finished the season with a record of 14-6. Gausman was an All-Star last season in his second year with the Blue Jays, going 12-9 with a 3.16 ERA. He led the league with 237 strikeouts in 185 innings pitched.

8. Zack Wheeler (Philadelphia Phillies)

Wheeler entered the Major Leagues with the New York Mets as a 23-year-old with a blazing fastball in 2013. He developed elbow issues which required Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Wheeler came into his own with the Phillies in 2021, making his first All-Star team. He led the league in innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games, and shutouts.

Wheeler won 12 games with a 2.82 ERA in 2022, although was limited to 153 innings. He showed dominating stuff again in 2023, winning 13 games with an ERA of 3.61.

In 192 innings, Wheeler struck out 212 and walked only 39. He also came up big in the playoffs, posting a 3-0 record with an ERA of 1.95 in 27 ⅔ innings.

7. Kyle Brandish (Baltimore Orioles)

The rapid climb of the Baltimore Orioles coincides with the rise of their bright, young stars. One such star is Kyle Brandish, who was a rookie just a season ago.

He went 4-7 in 2022 with an ERA of 4.90, striking out 111 in 117 ⅔ innings. Last season, Brandish became one of the top pitchers in the American League.

In 30 games started, he posted a record of 12-7 with an excellent ERA of 2.83. Brandish struck out 168 and allowed only 132 hits in 168 ⅔ innings.

He was recognzied for his efforts by coming in fourth place in the AL Cy Young Award vote.

6. Kodai Senga (New York Mets)

Senga began his professional baseball career as a 19-year-old in the Japanese League. He enjoyed a great amount of success from 2012 through 2022, winning 104 against 51 losses with an ERA of 2.42, while averaging nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings.

Senga made his MLB debut with the New York Mets as a 30-year-old and didn’t disappoint. Another of a successful line of Japanese pitchers to pitch in the Major Leagues, Senga went 12-7 with a 2.98 ERA and struck out 202 in 166 ⅓ innings.

He is signed through the 2027 season with an option for 2028.

5. Sonny Gray (Minnesota Twins)

Gray has pitched for four different teams over an 11-year MLB career. He won a career-best 14 in first All-Star season of 2015 while with the Oakland Athletics.

Gray was also an All-Star in 2019 with the Reds, posting an 11-8 record with a 2.87 ERA. He might have had his finest overall season in 2023, despite winning less than ten games.

In 184 innings pitched, Gray allowed only 156 hits and eight home runs. He struck out 183, made his third All-Star team, and finished second in the AL Cy Young Award vote.

Gray went 1-1 in two postseason starts, allowing four runs in nine innings.

4. Zac Gallen (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Gallen has pitched all but seven games of his MLB career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He posted a career-low ERA of 2.54 in 2022, while winning 12 games and striking out 192 in 184 innings.

He became the ace of the Diamondbacks’ staff last season, winning 17 games in 34 starts with 220 strikeouts and only 47 walks in 210 innings.

He also made the first of what should be many All-Star teams. After struggling against the Phillies in the NLCS, Gallen pitched to a 3.18 ERA in two World Series starts against the Texas Rangers.

3. Logan Webb (San Francisco Giants)

Don’t let Webb’s 11-13 record this past season fool you. He’s been one of the most dominating pitchers in the league over the past three seasons.

Webb went 26-12 with an ERA just under three in 2021 and 2022 combined. In 2023, Webb led the league with 216 innings, posted an ERA of 3.25, struck out 194 and walked only 31.

His walks per nine innings of 1.3 was lowest in the league.

Webb was recognized for his excellent season finishing second in the NL Cy Young Award vote.

2. Blake Snell (San Diego Padres)

Snell spent his first five MLB seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2018.

Now he has two Cy Young Awards, one in each league, after capturing one in 2023 with the Padres.

Snell posted a record of 14-9 with a league-leading 2.25 ERA, with 234 strikeouts and only 115 hits allowed in 180 innings.

Snell is currently a free agent and the prize pitcher of the free agent market. Word has it that he would like to pitch for the Mariners since he is a native of Seattle.

Snell enters 2024 with a career record of 71-55 with a 3.20 ERA.

1. Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees)

Cole has been an All-Star each of the past three seasons with the New York Yankees and five times overall during his 11-year career.

He won 20 games in 2019 and led the league in 16 wins in 2021 when he finished second in the AL Cy Young Award vote.

Cole bettered himself last season, winning the AL Cy Young Award. He posted a record of 15-4 and led the league in ERA (2.63), innings pitched (209), and WHIP (0.981).

In addition, he struck out 222 and allowed only 157 hits. Cole is 33-years-old and still has plenty left in the tank to add to his career win total of 145 and strikeout total of 2152.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *