LOS ANGELES – Devin Williams, Hunter Greene, Josiah Gray, Marcus Stroman, and Triston McKenzie are the top MLBbro pitchers in the game. Some are established veterans, while others are young guns enduring the ups-and-downs of pro-development but still making a name for themselves. Out of those five, if they had to be ranked, who would currently end up on top?
No. 5: Marcus Stroman
Throughout his career, Stroman has been an exceptionally crafty pitcher. From the 2017 to the 2021 seasons, with him opting out in 2020, he has not had an ERA below 3.22 in three of those four seasons and was an All-Star and Gold Glove recipient during that span.
However, Stroman is not off to the hottest of starts, as he currently has a 4.71 ERA, with a 2-4 record, and has only gone past five innings twice this season.
He has been doing better recently, but at this point in time, there is reason to believe that these next four players have been and will be better than Stroman this season.
No. 4: Josiah Gray
The man who was a centerpiece in one of the biggest trades last season, Gray has certainly made a name for himself throughout the Nationals’ clubhouse and fanbase. He has shown flashes of greatness, as he has given up three or less runs in four of his nine starts.
While Gray has a lot of potential, he has been inconsistent on which performance you will get out of him, which perfectly sums up his 4-4 record. In those four wins, he’s unhittable. In the four losses, he’s been subpar, which has earned him an overall ERA of 5.44. If Gray can have more of those dominant performances that he’s capable of having, then he can easily climb this list in the future.
No. 3: Devin Williams
In 2020, Williams established himself as one of the best relievers in the game. In 22 games, he had a tremendous ERA of 0.33, only giving up one earned run throughout the season. So far, while not at the level of 2020, he still has a solid 3.50 ERA, with seven earned runs in 18 games.
If the Brewers were to make a playoff push, Williams will be a key piece in that bullpen, as he has shown throughout, if the team is in a jam, you can count on him to come to the rescue and get them out. The reason he is not higher than three is because these next two players are two aces for their respective teams.
No. 2: Hunter Greene
Don’t let that 2-6 record fool you, as Greene has instantly established himself as the best pitcher on the Reds, and one of the most exciting young pitchers in the game. In just his second career start against the Dodgers, Greene broke an MLB record by having the most balls thrown over 100 MPH with 39.
In his seventh start against the Pirates, he was able to go 7 ⅓ innings without giving up a hit.
Greene has all the attributes to be one of the best pitchers for years to come. The reason he is still at two and not one, is because of his ERA, as well as giving up lots of walks and the gopher ball has been a nemesis. He currently has a 5.89 ERA, and has given up four or more walks in four of his nine starts. If he can get both of those down, he will easily make the jump.
No. 1: Triston McKenzie
While Greene has had all the spotlight on himself, McKenzie has quietly established himself as the ace of the Guardians. He currently has the best ERA out of these five players at 2.70, In his seven starts, he has given up three runs or less in six of those appearances. In each start, he has been going deeper and deeper into games, as the last two starts he’s gone seven innings each, giving up a combined four runs through those games.
He has consistently shown that he can be counted on when he gets the rock, earning him the best pitcher so far on this list, and well as a top pitcher in all of the MLB.