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.

Nolan Ryan has the most career strikeouts in Major League Baseball. During a record 27-year career, he struck out 5,714 batters.

The List[edit]

Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
BoldDenotes active player.
( )Strikeouts for the 2014 season.

A player is considered "inactive" if he has not played baseball for one year or has announced his retirement.
Stats updated as of 2014 season.[1][2]

RankPlayerK
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 Mathewson2,507
31Don Drysdale2,486
32Jack Morris2,478
33Mark Langston2,464
34Jim Kaat2,461
RankPlayerK
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
43A. J. Burnett (190)2,370
44Charlie Hough2,362
45Robin Roberts2,357
46Early Wynn2,334
47Rube Waddell2,316
48Juan Marichal2,303
49Dwight Gooden2,293
50Lefty Grove2,266
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
61Bartolo Colón (151)2,101
62Kevin Millwood2,083
63Bobo Newsom2,082
64Ryan Dempster2,075
65Fernando Valenzuela2,074
66Dazzy Vance2,045
67Jake Peavy (158)2,027
68Tim Hudson (120)2,016
RankPlayerK
69Rick Reuschel2,015
70Orel Hershiser2,014
71Catfish Hunter2,012
72Andy Benes2,000
73Billy Pierce1,999
74Kevin Appier1,994
75Johan Santana1,988
76Red Ruffing1,987
77John Clarkson1,978
78Liván Hernández1,976
79Al Leiter1,974
80Bob Welch1,969
81Kenny Rogers1,968
82Whitey Ford1,956
83Bobby Witt1,955
84Félix Hernández (248)1,951
85Amos Rusie1,950
86Danny Darwin1,942
87Tom Gordon1,928
88Hideo Nomo1,918
89Jerry Reuss1,907
90Josh Beckett (107)1,901
91Barry Zito1,883
92Kid Nichols1,8731
93Dan Haren (124)1,860
94Roy Oswalt1,852
95Mickey Welch1,850
96Frank Viola1,844
97Charles Radbourn1,830
Justin Verlander (159)1,830
99Cliff Lee (72)1,824
100Tony Mullane1,803


  • ^ Baseball Reference lists Kid Nichols at 1,881 strikeouts and MLB.com credits him with 1,873. Total is listed according to MLB.com.


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