Monday, June 15, 2015

Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio

Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (K/BB)

After watching Thomas Eshelman from Cal State Fullerton pitch against Vanderbilt in the College World Series, it made me curious to know how good are the K/BB ratios at different levels. A higher ratio of strikes-to-walks indicates better command of the strike zone. So, I did some quick research and this is what I found.

Thomas Eshelman leads NCAA in K/BB ratio (photo: ESPN)

Here are few pitchers who command the strike zone ...


Phil Hughes, RHP - Twins
11.63 K/BB (Sep 2014)

Hughes breaks strikeout-to-walk record -

Micheal Pineda, NYY
8.67 K/BB, 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP (June 2015)

Corey Kluber, CLE
6.17 K/BB, 3.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP (June 2015)

Chris Archer, TB
5.38 K/BB, 2.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP  (June 2015)

best strikeout-walk ratio -


Thomas Eshelman, RHP - Cal State Fullerton
19.9 K/BB (139K/7BB in 2015)
Control Freak: The college pitcher who walks alone in baseball history

Division I teams

Cal State Fullerton
4.91 K/BB (2015)

3.86 K/BB (2015)

3.56 K/BB (2015)

Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio | DI Baseball Statistics -

High School

Henry Knight, switch pitcher - Seattle
12 K/BB (during 4 years on varsity)

Brett Kolacki, switch pitcher - Midlothian, Illinois
4.8 K/BB ratio (junior & senior seasons)


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