List of Major League Baseball career putouts as a pitcher leaders
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.
|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]|
- Stats updated as of the 2019 season.
|Rank||Player (2019 POs)||PO as P|
|58||Ed Walsh *||233|
|59||Mike Mussina *||231|
|Charles Radbourn *||230|
|Eddie Plank *||229|
|Cy Young *||229|
|Roy Halladay *||228|
|69||Burleigh Grimes *||225|
|Catfish Hunter *||225|
|John Clarkson *||221|
|Nolan Ryan *||220|
|82||Ted Lyons *||219|
|84||Mickey Welch *||217|
|88||Mike Leake (20)||213|
|Albert Spalding *||211|
|99||Bullet Joe Bush||208|
|Dennis Eckersley *||208|
- A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.