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.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

Stats updated through August 12, 2014.

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Rank Player (2014 Strikeouts) 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
34 Jim Kaat 2,461
Rank Player (2014 Strikeouts) K
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 Early Wynn 2,334
46 Rube Waddell 2,316
47 A. J. Burnett (132) 2,312
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 Kevin Millwood 2,083
62 Bobo Newsom 2,082
63 Ryan Dempster 2,075
64 Fernando Valenzuela 2,074
65 Bartolo Colón (117) 2,067
66 Dazzy Vance 2,045
67 Rick Reuschel 2,015
Rank Player (2014 Strikeouts) K
68 Orel Hershiser 2,014
69 Catfish Hunter 2,012
70 Andy Benes 2,000
71 Billy Pierce 1,999
72 Kevin Appier 1,994
73 Tim Hudson (91) 1,988
Johan Santana 1,988
75 Red Ruffing 1,987
76 Jake Peavy (112) 1,981
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 Jerry Reuss 1,907
89 Josh Beckett (107) 1,901
90 Félix Hernández (194) 1,897
91 Barry Zito 1,883
92 Kid Nichols 1,873*
93 Roy Oswalt 1,852
94 Mickey Welch 1,850
95 Frank Viola 1,844
96 Dan Haren (106) 1,842
97 Charles Radbourn 1,830
98 Cliff Lee (72) 1,824
99 Tony Mullane 1,803
100 Pud Galvin 1,799*


  • Note; Pud Galvin and Kid Nichols' totals differential from mlb.com and baseballreference.com. baseballreference list Galvin at 1807 mlb at 1799, Nichols at 1881 and 1873. Totals are listed as of mlb.com.


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