Minor League Record Book: Strikeouts, Season

Which pitchers have struck out the most minor league batters in one season?

2006-2019
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 Thad Ward Staunton ’16 2019 157
6 Robert Gilliam Luray ’07 2011 156
7 Drew Granier Harrisonburg ’09-10 2013 153
8 Mike Ballard Staunton ’04 2011 150
Jonathan Bowlan New Market ’16 2019 150
10 Brandon Beachy Woodstock ’08 2010 148
11 Cole McCurry New Market ’05 2009 145
12 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

Thad Ward and Jonathan Bowlan joined this list after excellent 2019 seasons.

Drew Granier went 11-10, 3.21 in 162 2/3 innings in 2012 for Burlington in the Midwest League. He had a 1.242 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, and 9.2 K/9. Granier pitched in one game at the Triple-A level, but did not reach the major leagues.

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
Thad Ward Staunton ’16 2019 157

Ward joined this one- slipping on the list down there tied at #20.

Jeez, Brian Barnes. Back when pitchers threw as many innings as possible, Barnes went 13-7, 2.77 in 1990 at Double-A Jacksonville, with a 1.147 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, and 9.5 K/9 in 201 1/3 innings. And that wasn’t it- he also started four games in Montreal that summer.

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