Major League Record Book: Strikeouts in a Season

Today, the task is to look at the most strikeouts in a major league season by a former Valley League pitcher:

2006-2018
1 Brandon Beachy Woodstock ’08 2011 169
2 Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2017 142
3 Ryan Yarbrough Luray ’12 2018 128
4 Chris Devenski Woodstock ’11 2016 104
5 Chris Devenski Woodstock ’11 2017 100
6 Tyler Thornburg Winchester ’08 2016 90
7 Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2018 81
8 David Carpenter Covington ’04 2013 74
9 Will Harris Staunton ’03 2016 69
10 Chris Perez Staunton ’04 2009 68
Brandon Beachy Woodstock ’08 2012 68
Will Harris Staunton ’03 2015 68
13 David Carpenter Covington ’04 2014 67
Justin Anderson Front Royal ’13 2018 67
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2018 67
16 Will Harris Staunton ’03 2018 64
17 Emilio Pagan Harrisonburg ’10 2018 63
18 Chris Perez Staunton ’04 2010 61

Brandon Beachy, signed by the Atlanta Braves as an undrafted free agent, went 7-3, 3.68, with a 1.207 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, and 10.7 K/9 in 141 2/3 innings for the Braves in 2011. Unfortunately, Brandon had two Tommy John surgeries, which obviously cut his major league career short.

All-Time
1 Jimmy Key Winchester ’82 1993 173
2 Brandon Beachy Woodstock ’08 2011 169
3 Jimmy Key Winchester ’82 1987 161
4 Tom Browning New Market ’80-81 1985 155
5 Tom Browning New Market ’80-81 1986 147
6 Walt Terrell Staunton 1987 143
7 Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2017 142
8 Jimmy Key Winchester ’82 1986 141
Jimmy Key Winchester ’82 1997 141
10 George Stone Staunton 1970 131
Mike Caldwell Charlottesville ’68 1978 131
12 Walt Terrell Staunton 1985 130
Chris Nabholz Front Royal 1992 130
14 Ryan Yarbrough Luray ’12 2018 128
15 Jimmy Key Winchester ’82 1991 125
16 Tom Browning New Market ’80-81 1988 124
17 Greg Harris Front Royal 1993 123
18 Jimmy Key Winchester ’82 1989 118
Tom Browning New Market ’80-81 1989 118
20 Tom Browning New Market ’80-81 1987 117
Brian Barnes Staunton 1991 117
Jimmy Key Winchester ’82 1992 117

A member of the Valley League Hall of Fame, Jimmy Key unfortunately pitched for the Yankees in 1993. He went 18-6, 3.00, with a 1.107 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, and 6.6 K/9 in 236 2/3 innings pitched (that BB/9 led the American League, by the way). He was an All-Star, and finished 4th in the Cy Young voting (Jack McDowell won) and 11th in the MVP voting (Frank Thomas won). For the Yankees. Oh well.

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