Josh Hader is currently in his age 29 season and is playing in the final year of team club control with the San Diego Padres. This year he was granted the largest salary for a reliever through the arbitration process in Major League Baseball history at $14.1 million He is going to get quite the paycheck in the near future, but until then he is continuing to reach important career milestones.
On Tuesday June 14, 2023 he reached an impressive strikeout milestone as he fanned his 600th career batter. Some pitchers who are in the starting rotation never accomplish this, so for a reliever to do this before the age of 30 years old is quite impressive.
San Diego Padres closer Josh Hader has reached 600 career strikeouts.
Throughout his career Josh Hader has been one of the most dominant relievers in baseball with strikeouts being a big part of his game. This year he has an astonishing low 1.37 ERA, but is actually striking out batters at the worst rate in his career.
That should be taken with a grain of salt because his 2023 strikeout numbers are still very good. He is getting batters out via the strikeout 35.9% of the time and has a 12.65 K:9 ratio. His career numbers in those two categories are a 42.6% k rate and 15.06 K:9.
Everything that Josh Hader has done so far in his career has been impressive. That should result in a monster paycheck for him in the near future.