List of top 100 Major League Baseball strikeout pitchers

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In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. Strikeouts are associated with dominance on the part of the pitcher and failure on the part of the batter.

The pitcher with the most career strikeouts in Major League Baseball is Nolan Ryan, who struck out 5,714 batters during his career.

The List[edit]

denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bolddenotes active player.[a]

Stats updated through June 9, 2014.

RankPlayer (2014 Strikeouts)K
1Nolan Ryan5,714
2Randy Johnson4,875
3Roger Clemens4,672
4Steve Carlton4,136
5Bert Blyleven3,701
6Tom Seaver3,640
7Don Sutton3,574
8Gaylord Perry3,534
9Walter Johnson3,508
10Greg Maddux3,371
11Phil Niekro3,342
12Ferguson Jenkins3,192
13Pedro Martínez3,154
14Bob Gibson3,117
15Curt Schilling3,116
16John Smoltz3,084
17Jim Bunning2,855
18Mickey Lolich2,832
19Mike Mussina2,813
20Cy Young2,803
21Frank Tanana2,773
22David Cone2,668
23Chuck Finley2,610
24Tom Glavine2,607
25Warren Spahn2,583
26Bob Feller2,581
27Tim Keefe2,564
28Jerry Koosman2,556
29Javier Vázquez2,536
30Christy Mathewson2,502
31Don Drysdale2,486
32Jack Morris2,478
33Mark Langston2,464
34Jim Kaat2,461
RankPlayer (2014 Strikeouts)K
35Sam McDowell2,453
36Andy Pettitte2,448
37Jamie Moyer2,441
38CC Sabathia (48)2,437
39Luis Tiant2,416
40Dennis Eckersley2,401
41Kevin Brown2,397
42Sandy Koufax2,396
43Charlie Hough2,362
44Robin Roberts2,357
45Early Wynn2,334
46Rube Waddell2,316
47Juan Marichal2,303
48Dwight Gooden2,293
49Lefty Grove2,266
50A. J. Burnett (67)2,247
51Eddie Plank2,246
52Tommy John2,245
53Jim Palmer2,212
54David Wells2,201
55Grover Cleveland Alexander2,198
56Vida Blue2,175
57Camilo Pascual2,167
58Tim Wakefield2,156
59Dennis Martínez2,149
60Roy Halladay2,117
61Kevin Millwood2,083
62Bobo Newsom2,082
63Ryan Dempster2,075
64Fernando Valenzuela2,074
65Dazzy Vance2,045
66Rick Reuschel2,015
67Orel Hershiser2,014
RankPlayer (2014 Strikeouts)K
68Catfish Hunter2,012
69Bartolo Colón (61)2,011
70Andy Benes2,000
71Billy Pierce1,999
72Kevin Appier1,994
73Johan Santana1,988
74Red Ruffing1,987
75John Clarkson1,978
76Liván Hernández1,976
77Al Leiter1,974
78Bob Welch1,969
79Kenny Rogers1,968
80Whitey Ford1,956
81Bobby Witt1,955
82Tim Hudson (55)1,951
83Amos Rusie1,950
84Danny Darwin1,942
85Jake Peavy (62)1,931
86Tom Gordon1,928
87Hideo Nomo1,918
88Jerry Reuss1,907
89Barry Zito1,883
90Kid Nichols1,881
91Josh Beckett (63)1,857
92Roy Oswalt1,852
93Mickey Welch1,850
94Frank Viola1,844
95Charley Radbourn1,830
96Cliff Lee (61)1,813
97Félix Hernández (106)1,809
98Pud Galvin1,807
99Tony Mullane1,803
100Hal Newhouser1,796

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  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.