List of Major League Baseball career putouts as a pitcher leaders

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Greg Maddux, the all-time leader in putouts by a pitcher.

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by a Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a Force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.

In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important defensive player, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and closer.

Greg Maddux is the all-time leader in putouts by a pitcher with 546 career. Maddux is the only pitcher to record more than 400 and 500 career putouts.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career putouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 POs) Number of recorded putouts during the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
PO as P Total career putouts as a pitcher.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List[edit]

Zack Greinke, the active leader in putouts by a pitcher and tied for 23rd all-time.
  • Stats updated as of the 2019 season.
Rank Player (2019 POs) PO as P
1 Greg Maddux * 546
2 Kevin Brown 388
3 Jack Morris * 387
4 Phil Niekro * 386
5 Ferguson Jenkins * 363
6 Gaylord Perry * 349
7 Don Sutton * 334
8 Orel Hershiser 332
9 Rick Reuschel 328
Tom Seaver * 328
11 Tony Mullane 326
12 Pud Galvin * 325
13 Roger Clemens 320
John Smoltz * 320
15 Dennis Martínez 319
16 Chick Fraser 317
17 Robin Roberts * 316
18 Kid Nichols * 313
19 Jim Palmer * 292
20 Bob Gibson * 291
Juan Marichal * 291
22 Bert Blyleven * 287
23 Zack Greinke (33) 283
24 Christy Mathewson * 281
25 Jamie Moyer 279
26 Mike Moore 278
27 Walter Johnson * 276
28 Dave Stieb 272
29 Vic Willis 271
30 Doug Drabek 266
31 Doyle Alexander 264
32 Bob Lemon * 263
Jim McCormick 263
34 Tom Glavine * 262
Jim Kaat 262
36 Tim Keefe * 260
37 Tim Hudson 258
Kenny Rogers 258
39 Larry Jackson 257
40 Dan Petry 255
41 Joe Niekro 253
42 Mike Boddicker 245
Ted Breitenstein 245
Lew Burdette 245
Milt Pappas 245
46 Adonis Terry 244
47 Bob Welch 243
48 Mel Stottlemyre 242
49 Freddie Fitzsimmons 237
Mark Gubicza 237
Rank Player (2019 POs) PO as P
Tommy John 237
Steve Rogers 237
53 Murry Dickson 236
Bobby Mathews 236
Doc White 236
56 Charlie Hough 235
57 Bob Forsch 234
58 Ed Walsh * 233
59 Mike Mussina * 231
60 Tom Candiotti 230
Charles Radbourn * 230
62 George Mullin 229
Eddie Plank * 229
Cy Young * 229
65 Bob Friend 228
Roy Halladay * 228
67 Tim Wakefield 227
68 Frank Tanana 226
69 Burleigh Grimes * 225
Catfish Hunter * 225
71 Dwight Gooden 224
72 Scott Erickson 223
Mike Torrez 223
74 John Lackey 222
Warren Spahn 222
76 Bronson Arroyo 221
John Clarkson * 221
Derek Lowe 221
Luis Tiant 221
80 David Cone 220
Nolan Ryan * 220
82 Ted Lyons * 219
83 Tommy Bond 218
84 Mickey Welch * 217
85 George Bradley 216
Guy Hecker 216
87 Mike Morgan 215
88 Mike Leake (20) 213
Brad Radke 213
90 Tim Belcher 212
Vern Law 212
92 Bob Buhl 211
Liván Hernández 211
Albert Spalding * 211
Rick Sutcliffe 211
96 Camilo Pascual 210
97 Mel Harder 209
Harry Howell 209
99 Bullet Joe Bush 208
Dennis Eckersley * 208

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

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