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Pitcher Strikeout Rate (K%) Leaders: 2015 MLB Season

Strikeout Rate (K%) is a pitching statistic that measures the percentage of plate appearances that the pitcher successfully struck out the batter.

*Qualifying pitchers

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Pitching strikeout rate (K%) leaders looks at the percentage of all plate appearances against a pitcher that ended in a strikeout. To have a high percentage a pitcher must 1) have a high strikeout rate (obviously), but also minimizing the number of batters they face by limiting the number who safely reach base. Those with the highest rate in recent years have occasionally topped 30% (meaning for every ten batters they face, three end up striking out), whereas a few years prior the ratio among league leaders was closer to 25%.  Maximizing this ratio for a pitcher is one of the most important things they can do, as it limits the number of times a ball is put into play, at which point there is a lot of luck involved in regards to whether the batted ball turns into an out or a hit.

Pitcher Strikeout Rate (K%)
1Clayton KershawLAD30189033.82%
2Chris SaleCWS27485432.08%
3Max ScherzerWAS27689930.70%
4Carlos CarrascoCLE21673029.59%
5Chris ArcherTB25286829.03%
6Corey KluberCLE24588627.65%
7Jacob deGromNYM20575127.30%
8Jake ArrietaCHC23687027.13%
9Madison BumgarnerSF23486926.93%
10Francisco LirianoPIT20577326.52%
11Danny SalazarCLE19575725.76%
12Tyson RossSD21282325.76%
13David PriceBOS22588825.34%
14James ShieldsSD21686025.12%
15Jon LesterCHC20782825.00%
16Matt HarveyNYM18875524.90%
17Cole HamelsTEX21588024.43%
18Ian KennedySD17471324.40%
19Carlos MartinezSTL18475524.37%
20Gerrit ColePIT20283224.28%
21Jason HammelCHC17271024.23%
22Zack GreinkeARI20084323.72%
23Dallas KeuchelHOU21691123.71%
24Mike FiersHOU18076123.65%
25Felix HernandezSEA19182623.12%
26Trevor BauerCLE17074422.85%
27Kyle HendricksCHC16773922.60%
28Yordano VenturaKC15669322.51%
29Gio GonzalezWAS16975822.30%
30Lance LynnSTL16775122.24%
31Taijuan WalkerSEA15770622.24%
32Jake OdorizziTB15070021.43%
33Ubaldo JimenezBAL16879121.24%
34J.A. HappTOR15171721.06%
35Hector SantiagoLAA16277620.88%
36Jose QuintanaCWS17786220.53%
37Andrew CashnerSD16580420.52%
38A.J. BurnettPIT14369920.46%
39Garrett RichardsLAA17686520.35%
40Sonny GrayOAK16983120.34%
41Johnny CuetoKC17686620.32%
42Scott KazmirHOU15576320.31%
43Julio TeheranATL17184320.28%
44Rick PorcelloBOS14973720.22%
45Michael WachaSTL15376220.08%
46Collin McHughHOU17185919.91%
47Shelby MillerATL17186019.88%
48Jordan ZimmermannDET16483119.74%
49Jimmy NelsonMIL14875219.68%
50John LackeyCHC17589619.53%
51Wei-Yin ChenBAL15379219.32%
52Anthony DeSclafaniCIN15178519.24%
53Erasmo RamirezTB12666618.92%
54Chris HestonSF14174618.90%
55CC SabathiaNYY13772618.87%
56Rubby De La RosaARI15080918.54%
57Edinson VolquezKC15585018.24%
58Marco EstradaTOR13172518.07%
59Jeff SamardzijaSF16391017.91%
60Wade MileySEA14783117.69%
61Kyle GibsonMIN14582117.66%
62Jeff LockePIT12973617.53%
63Alex WoodLAD13980117.35%
64Dan HarenCHC13276817.19%
65Tom KoehlerMIA13780017.13%
66Bartolo ColonNYM13681516.69%
67Colby LewisTEX14286116.49%
68Chris TillmanBAL12074116.19%
69John DanksCWS12476816.15%
70Brett AndersonLAD11675015.47%
71Mike LeakeSF11977815.30%
72Yovani GallardoTEX12179315.26%
73Jonathon NiesePIT11377014.68%
74Aaron HarangPHI10874814.44%
75Alfredo SimonDET11782014.27%
76R.A. DickeyTOR12688414.25%
77Mike PelfreyDET8671412.04%
78Mark BuehrleTOR9182711.00%
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