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 2015 season.

A player is considered "inactive" if he has not played baseball for one year or has announced his retirement.
Stats updated through May 27, 2015.

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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 2,507
31 Don Drysdale 2,486
32 CC Sabathia (47) 2,484
33 Jack Morris 2,478
34 Mark Langston 2,464
Rank Player K
35 Jim Kaat 2,461
36 Sam McDowell 2,453
37 Andy Pettitte 2,448
38 Jamie Moyer 2,441
39 A. J. Burnett (53) 2,423
40 Luis Tiant 2,416
41 Dennis Eckersley 2,401
42 Kevin Brown 2,397
43 Sandy Koufax 2,396
44 Charlie Hough 2,362
45 Robin Roberts 2,357
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 Bartolo Colón (52) 2,153
60 Dennis Martínez 2,149
61 Roy Halladay 2,117
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 Tim Hudson (26) 2,042
Rank Player K
68 Jake Peavy (7) 2,034
69 Félix Hernández (71) 2,022
70 Rick Reuschel 2,015
71 Orel Hershiser 2,014
72 Catfish Hunter 2,012
73 Andy Benes 2,000
74 Billy Pierce 1,999
75 Kevin Appier 1,994
76 Johan Santana 1,988
77 Red Ruffing 1,987
78 John Clarkson 1,978
79 Liván Hernández 1,976
80 Al Leiter 1,974
81 Bob Welch 1,969
82 Kenny Rogers 1,968
83 Whitey Ford 1,956
84 Bobby Witt 1,955
85 Amos Rusie 1,950
86 Danny Darwin 1,942
87 Tom Gordon 1,928
88 Dan Haren (39) 1,920
89 Hideo Nomo 1,918
90 Jerry Reuss 1,907
91 Josh Beckett 1,901
92 Barry Zito 1,883
93 Kid Nichols 1,8731
94 Roy Oswalt 1,852
95 Mickey Welch 1,850
96 Frank Viola 1,844
97 Justin Verlander (0) 1,830
Charles Radbourn 1,830
99 John Lackey (38) 1,828
100 Cliff Lee (0) 1,824


  • ^ 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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