Minor League Record Book: Strikeouts in a Season

Most strikeouts in one minor league season?

2006-2018
1 Drew Granier Harrisonburg ’09-10 2012 167
2 Tyler Thornburg Winchester ’08 2011 160
3 Brad Mills Harrisonburg ’05 2008 159
Ryan Yarbrough Luray ’12 2017 159
5 Robert Gilliam Luray ’07 2011 156
6 Drew Granier Harrisonburg ’09-10 2013 153
7 Mike Ballard Staunton ’04 2011 150
8 Brandon Beachy Woodstock ’08 2010 148
9 Cole McCurry New Market ’05 2009 145
10 Drew Rucinski Luray ’09-10 2014 140
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2015 140
Sam Howard Staunton ’12 2016 140
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2017 140

Drew Granier, a 32nd round draft pick of the Oakland A’s in 2011, threw 162 2/3 innings in 2012 for Burlington in the Midwest League. He went 11-10, 3.21, with a 1.242 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, and 9.2 K/9. He reached Triple-A in 2014, but did not pitch in the majors. He pitched in Indy ball in 2015, but has since retired.

All-Time
1 Brian Barnes Staunton 1990 213
2 Tom Browning New Market ’80-81 1983 202
3 Brent Billingsley New Market ’95 1998 183
Jesse Foppert Harrisonburg ’00 2002 183
5 Oscar Munoz Harrisonburg 1991 182
6 Greg Harris Front Royal 1986 176
7 Brent Billingsley New Market ’95 1997 175
8 Brian McNichol Winchester ’94 1998 173
9 Oscar Munoz Harrisonburg 1993 168
10 Drew Granier Harrisonburg ’09-10 2012 167
11 Phil Leftwich Front Royal 1991 166
12 Jack Egbert Winchester ’03 2007 165
13 Brad Ziegler New Market ’00 2005 164
14 Tom Browning New Market ’80-81 1984 160
Tyler Thornburg Winchester ’08 2011 160
16 Larry Mitchell Harrisonburg ’91 1993 159
Brad Mills Harrisonburg ’05 2008 159
Ryan Yarbrough Luray ’12 2017 159
19 Mike O’Connor New Market ’01 2005 158
20 Clay Daniel Winchester ’81 1985 157

It’s hard to believe that Brian Barnes struck out 213 batters in one minor league season, but incredibly, he did. Out of Clemson, Barnes went 13-7, 2.77, with a 1.147 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, and 9.5 K/9 in 201 1/3 innings pitched. He made his major league debut the very next year, but ultimately had trouble staying healthy. He appeared in 116 major league games between 1990 and 1994.

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