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.
Bold Denotes 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 through September 9, 2014. [1][2]

Rank Player K
1 Nolan Ryan 5,714
2 Randy Johnson 4,875
3 Roger Clemens 4,672
4 Steve Carlton 4,136
5 Bert Blyleven 3,701
6 Tom Seaver 3,640
7 Don Sutton 3,574
8 Gaylord Perry 3,534
9 Walter Johnson 3,508
10 Greg Maddux 3,371
11 Phil Niekro 3,342
12 Ferguson Jenkins 3,192
13 Pedro Martínez 3,154
14 Bob Gibson 3,117
15 Curt Schilling 3,116
16 John Smoltz 3,084
17 Jim Bunning 2,855
18 Mickey Lolich 2,832
19 Mike Mussina 2,813
20 Cy Young 2,803
21 Frank Tanana 2,773
22 David Cone 2,668
23 Chuck Finley 2,610
24 Tom Glavine 2,607
25 Warren Spahn 2,583
26 Bob Feller 2,581
27 Tim Keefe 2,564
28 Jerry Koosman 2,556
29 Javier Vázquez 2,536
30 Christy Mathewson 2,502
31 Don Drysdale 2,486
32 Jack Morris 2,478
33 Mark Langston 2,464
Rank Player K
34 Jim Kaat 2,461
35 Sam McDowell 2,453
36 Andy Pettitte 2,448
37 Jamie Moyer 2,441
38 CC Sabathia (48) 2,437
39 Luis Tiant 2,416
40 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
41 Kevin Brown 2,397
42 Sandy Koufax 2,396
43 Charlie Hough 2,362
44 Robin Roberts 2,357
45 A. J. Burnett (165) 2,345
46 Early Wynn 2,334
47 Rube Waddell 2,316
48 Juan Marichal 2,303
49 Dwight Gooden 2,293
50 Lefty Grove 2,266
51 Eddie Plank 2,246
52 Tommy John 2,245
53 Jim Palmer 2,212
54 David Wells 2,201
55 Grover Cleveland Alexander 2,198
56 Vida Blue 2,175
57 Camilo Pascual 2,167
58 Tim Wakefield 2,156
59 Dennis Martínez 2,149
60 Roy Halladay 2,117
61 Bartolo Colón (134) 2,084
62 Kevin Millwood 2,083
63 Bobo Newsom 2,082
64 Ryan Dempster 2,075
65 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
66 Dazzy Vance 2,045
67 Rick Reuschel 2,015
Rank Player K
68 Orel Hershiser 2,014
69 Catfish Hunter 2,012
70 Jake Peavy (139) 2,008
Tim Hudson (112) 2,008
72 Andy Benes 2,000
73 Billy Pierce 1,999
74 Kevin Appier 1,994
75 Johan Santana 1,988
76 Red Ruffing 1,987
77 John Clarkson 1,978
78 Liván Hernández 1,976
79 Al Leiter 1,974
80 Bob Welch 1,969
81 Kenny Rogers 1,968
82 Whitey Ford 1,956
83 Bobby Witt 1,955
84 Amos Rusie 1,950
85 Danny Darwin 1,942
86 Tom Gordon 1,928
87 Hideo Nomo 1,918
88 Félix Hernández (209) 1,912
89 Jerry Reuss 1,907
90 Josh Beckett (107) 1,901
91 Barry Zito 1,883
92 Kid Nichols 1,873*
93 Dan Haren (124) 1,860
94 Roy Oswalt 1,852
95 Mickey Welch 1,850
96 Frank Viola 1,844
97 Charles Radbourn 1,830
98 Cliff Lee (72) 1,824
99 Justin Verlander (139) 1,810
100 Tony Mullane 1,803


  • Note: 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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