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Pitcher Walk Rate (BB%) Leaders: 2015 MLB Season

Walk Rate (BB%) is a pitching statistic that measures the percentage of plate appearances in which the pitcher walked the batter.

BB% = Walks Allowed / Plate Appearances

*Qualifying pitchers

More about Pitcher Walk Rate (BB%) Leaders

Pitching walk rate (BB%) leaders measures the percentage of all plate appearances against a pitcher that ended in a walk. Minimizing baserunners is very important for a pitcher’s success and one of the best ways to prevent that is to limit the number of walks allowed, or “free passes”. Another way of looking at this is the percentage of times a pitcher did not force the batter to try to put the ball in play.  For example if a pitcher had a walk rate of 5% (which is an above average ratio but generally not enough to lead the league), that meant he forced the batter to put the ball into play 95% of time.


CHANGE SEASON: 
Pitcher Walk Rate (BB%)
RankPlayerTeamBBPABB%
1Bartolo ColonNYM248152.94%
2Max ScherzerWAS348993.78%
3Mark BuehrleTOR338273.99%
4Madison BumgarnerSF398694.49%
5Jordan ZimmermannDET398314.69%
6Clayton KershawLAD428904.72%
7Zack GreinkeARI408434.74%
8Colby LewisTEX428614.88%
9Matt HarveyNYM377554.90%
10Chris SaleCWS428544.92%
11Dan HarenCHC387684.95%
12Jacob deGromNYM387515.06%
13Corey KluberCLE458865.08%
14Jose QuintanaCWS448625.10%
15Rick PorcelloBOS387375.16%
16Wei-Yin ChenBAL417925.18%
17Gerrit ColePIT448325.29%
18David PriceBOS478885.29%
19Johnny CuetoKC468665.31%
20Jeff SamardzijaSF499105.38%
21Jake ArrietaCHC488705.52%
22Dallas KeuchelHOU519115.60%
23Jason HammelCHC407105.63%
24Taijuan WalkerSEA407065.67%
25Jon LesterCHC478285.68%
26Kyle HendricksCHC437395.82%
27Carlos CarrascoCLE437305.89%
28John LackeyCHC538965.92%
29Erasmo RamirezTB406666.01%
30Brett AndersonLAD467506.13%
31Collin McHughHOU538596.17%
32J.A. HappTOR457176.28%
33Mike LeakeSF497786.30%
34Mike PelfreyDET457146.30%
35Jake OdorizziTB467006.57%
36Aaron HarangPHI517486.82%
37CC SabathiaNYY507266.89%
38R.A. DickeyTOR618846.90%
39Danny SalazarCLE537577.00%
40Anthony DeSclafaniCIN557857.01%
41A.J. BurnettPIT496997.01%
42Felix HernandezSEA588267.02%
43Cole HamelsTEX628807.05%
44Sonny GrayOAK598317.10%
45Jonathon NiesePIT557707.14%
46Ian KennedySD527137.29%
47John DanksCWS567687.29%
48Alex WoodLAD598017.37%
49Marco EstradaTOR557257.59%
50Chris ArcherTB668687.60%
51Michael WachaSTL587627.61%
52Wade MileySEA648317.70%
53Scott KazmirHOU597637.73%
54Rubby De La RosaARI638097.79%
55Kyle GibsonMIN658217.92%
56Jeff LockePIT607368.15%
57Andrew CashnerSD668048.21%
58Alfredo SimonDET688208.29%
59Carlos MartinezSTL637558.34%
60Yordano VenturaKC586938.37%
61Mike FiersHOU647618.41%
62Edinson VolquezKC728508.47%
63Shelby MillerATL738608.49%
64Yovani GallardoTEX687938.58%
65Chris HestonSF647468.58%
66Ubaldo JimenezBAL687918.60%
67Chris TillmanBAL647418.64%
68Jimmy NelsonMIL657528.64%
69Julio TeheranATL738438.66%
70Garrett RichardsLAA768658.79%
71Lance LynnSTL687519.05%
72Francisco LirianoPIT707739.06%
73Gio GonzalezWAS697589.10%
74Hector SantiagoLAA717769.15%
75James ShieldsSD818609.42%
76Tom KoehlerMIA778009.63%
77Tyson RossSD8482310.21%
78Trevor BauerCLE7974410.62%
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