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Highest Whiff Rates By Pitch Type for Starters

Strikeouts are at an all-time high in 2012, with pitchers sending a whopping 19.4 percent of batters faced back to the dugout following a K. Which pitches are contributing most to that punch out total? Here's a rundown of the highest whiff rates by pitch type for starting pitchers.

Fastball (minimum 100 pitches thrown)

Pitcher Miss Pct.
Zach McAllister 26.2%
Jeff Niemann 24.5%
Matt Moore 24.3%
Gio Gonzalez 24.3%
Wei-Yin Chen 24.0%
Erik Bedard 23.1%
Drew Pomeranz 23.1%
Justin Verlander 23.0%
Max Scherzer 22.6%
Jon Niese 21.5%
MLB Avg. 14.9%


Sinker (minimum 100 pitches thrown)

Pitcher Miss Pct.
Justin Masterson 19.7%
Derek Holland 19.6%
Jake Arrieta 17.5%
Bruce Chen 16.9%
Edinson Volquez 16.7%
Mike Pelfrey 16.7%
Trevor Cahill 15.7%
Ross Detwiler 15.2%
CC Sabathia 14.9%
Chris Capuano 14.1%
MLB Avg. 12.4%


Slider (minimum 50 pitches thrown)

Pitcher Miss Pct.
Edwin Jackson 60.0%
Trevor Cahill 55.6%
James McDonald 44.9%
Drew Smyly 44.6%
Kyle Weiland 44.1%
Anthony Bass 44.0%
Matt Garza 43.9%
CC Sabathia 43.4%
Derek Holland 43.2%
Clayton Kershaw 43.0%
MLB Avg. 30.7%


Curveball (minimum 50 pitches thrown)

Pitcher Miss Pct.
Dan Haren 53.8%
David Price 52.0%
Kyle Drabek 48.5%
Edinson Volquez 45.7%
A. J. Burnett 43.2%
Yu Darvish 41.7%
Ivan Nova 41.1%
Jeremy Hellickson 40.9%
Joe Wieland 40.4%
Edwin Jackson 40.0%
MLB Avg. 28.4%


Changeup (minimum 50 pitches thrown)

Pitcher Miss Pct.
Stephen Strasburg 52.2%
Randall Delgado 48.2%
Cole Hamels 47.0%
Johan Santana 47.0%
Jon Lester 46.9%
Joe Blanton 46.3%
Jaime Garcia 45.7%
CC Sabathia 45.0%
Chris Capuano 41.5%
Felix Doubront 40.0%
MLB Avg. 28.3%


Cutter (minimum 50 pitches thrown)

Pitcher Miss Pct.
Dillon Gee 46.4%
Gavin Floyd 39.9%
Kyle Drabek 37.1%
Luke Hochevar 36.6%
Josh Tomlin 35.0%
Josh Beckett 33.8%
Tim Hudson 32.8%
Matt Harrison 32.3%
Chad Billingsley 32.0%
Jerome Williams 31.2%
MLB Avg. 20.8%

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