Milwaukee Brewers pitchers (starters and relivers) have gained a reputation as a staff that can shut down an opposing lineup with a bunch of strikeouts.
Brewers’ pitching staff has most K’s in majors in the last four seasons
The best example of this is the following stat: From 2019-22, the last four MLB seasons, the Brewers’ pitching staff led the majors in strikeouts with 5,259. Second was the Houston Astros’ staff at 5,177.
It should come as no surprise then that several Brewers’ hurlers (current and past) are in the Top 20 of the Highest Strikeout Percentage (HSP) stat for careers. The Highest Strikeout Percentage is the percent of all batters faced that struck out.
Topping the list is former Brewers’ closer Josh Hader. His career HSP is 43.2%. Hader’s former set-up man with the Brewers, Devin Williams, is fifth on the list with a HSP of 39.5%.
MLB pitchers with Highest Strikeout Percentage
Here is a look at the pitchers who have the highest career HSP (minimum of 150 career innings pitched to qualify for the list).
Josh Hader, 43.5%
Edwin Diaz, 40.3%
Aroldis Chapman, 40.2%
Craig Kimbrel, 40.0%
Devin Williams, 39.5%
Dellin Betances, 39.2%
Kenley Jansen, 36.4%
Kirby Yates, 33.4%
Ken Giles, 33.3%
Billy Wagner, 33.2%
Eight of the 10 pitchers above pitched in 2022. The two that did not… Billy Wagner and Dellin Betances.
Looking at spots #11-#20 on the list we see three more pitchers with Brewers ties. Starting pitcher Corbin Burnes holds 13th place at 32.2%; fellow starter Freddy Peralta is tied for 17th place at 31.2%. Rob Dibble, who ended his seven-year MLB career with the Brewers in 1995, holds the 11th spot at 32.6%.
In case you were wondering, Brandon Woodruff ranks tied for 56th with a career HSP of 28.9.
Looking strictly at players who pitched for the Brewers, Hader holds the top spot with a 44.1% HSP in a Brewers’ uniform. Devin Williams holds the second spot with his 39.5%.
Brewers pitchers with Highest Strikeout Percentage
Here are the Brewers’ Top 10 pitchers in the HSP career stat (again, minimum of 150 innings pitched to qualify for the list).
- Josh Hader, 44.1%
- Devin Williams, 39.5%
- Corey Knebel, 34.3%
- Corbin Burnes, 32.2%
- Freddy Peralta, 31.2%
- Will Smith, 31.0%
- Brandon Woodruff, 28.9%
- John Axford, 28.0%
- Zack Greinke, 26.5%
- Francisco Rodriguez, 26.4%
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