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.

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


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]


Zack Greinke on February 27, 2016
Zack Greinke, the active leader in putouts by a pitcher and 27th all-time.
  • Stats updated as of July 5, 2019.
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 Christy Mathewson * 281
24 Jamie Moyer 279
25 Mike Moore 278
26 Zack Greinke (26) 276
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 Brad Radke 213
89 Tim Belcher 212
Vern Law 212
91 Bob Buhl 211
Liván Hernández 211
Albert Spalding * 211
Rick Sutcliffe 211
95 Camilo Pascual 210
96 Mel Harder 209
Harry Howell 209
98 Bullet Joe Bush 208
Dennis Eckersley * 208
100 Jim Bunning * 206
Rick Wise 206


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


Greg Maddux

Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. Maddux is best known for his accomplishments while playing for the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs. With the Braves, he won the 1995 World Series over the Cleveland Indians. The first to achieve a number of feats and records, he was the first pitcher in major league history to win the Cy Young Award for four consecutive years (1992–1995), matched by only one other pitcher, Randy Johnson. During those four seasons, Maddux had a 75–29 record with a 1.98 earned run average (ERA), while allowing less than one baserunner per inning.Maddux is the only pitcher in MLB history to win at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons. In addition, he holds the record for most Gold Gloves with 18. A superb control pitcher, Maddux won more games during the 1990s than any other pitcher and is 8th on the all-time career wins list with 355. Since the start of the post-1920 live-ball era, only Warren Spahn (363) recorded more career wins than Maddux. He is one of only 10 pitchers ever to achieve both 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts, and is the only pitcher to record more than 300 wins, more than 3,000 strikeouts, and fewer than 1,000 walks.Since his retirement as a player, Maddux has also served as a special assistant to the general manager for both the Cubs and Texas Rangers. On January 8, 2014, he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility, receiving 97.2 percent of the votes.

John Lackey

John Derran Lackey (born October 23, 1978) is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 2002 through 2017 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. A three-time World Series champion, Lackey is regarded as a key figure in his clubs' postseason success, winning the title-clinching games of two out of the three Series. Selected to the MLB All-Star Game in 2007, he won that year's American League (AL) earned run average (ERA) title. After missing the 2012 season due to ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery in his pitching elbow, and helping the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, Lackey was named the winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award.

A right-handed pitcher and batter, the Anaheim Angels selected Lackey from Grayson County College in Texas in the 1999 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with the Angels in 2002 and helped the franchise win its first World Series title that year. After winning more than 100 games with the Angels, Lackey signed with Boston in free agency prior to the 2010 season. Declining performance and elbow injuries in 2011 led him to allow the most earned runs in the American League before missing the next season due to elbow surgery. Lackey rebounded in 2013 to win his second championship. Boston traded him to St. Louis in July 2014, and prior to the 2016 season, he signed with Chicago as a free agent. Lackey earned his third World Series championship in 2016 with the Cubs.

Known for his intense competitiveness and overall durability, Lackey reached at least 200 innings pitched six times in his career, and in five seasons was in the top ten in games started. With the exception of his rookie season in 2002, he reached at least 10 wins every season of his career. In ten of his 15 seasons, he registered an ERA below 4.00 − once below 3.00 − and four times was in the top ten in ERA. He also twice reached the top ten in both wins and strikeouts. He appeared in ten postseasons overall, recording a career 8-6 record and 3.44 ERA over 144 innings. In 2007 and 2015, he received votes for the Cy Young Award.

Kevin Brown (right-handed pitcher)

James Kevin Brown (born March 14, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He played from 1986 to 2005, leading the American League in wins once and leading the National League in earned run average twice. He was also a six-time All-Star.

Liván Hernández

Eisler Liván Hernández Carrera (Spanish pronunciation: [liˈβan eɾˈnandeθ]; born February 20, 1975) is a Cuban-born former professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball. He is the half-brother of pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernández.

Roy Halladay

Harry Leroy Halladay III (May 14, 1977 – November 7, 2017), known as Roy Halladay, was an American professional baseball player who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013. His nickname, "Doc", was coined by Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek, and was a reference to Wild West gunslinger Doc Holliday.

Halladay was chosen by the Blue Jays with their first selection in the 1995 MLB draft and was the 17th overall pick. He played for the team from 1998 through 2009. After being traded to Philadelphia in 2009, Halladay pitched for the Phillies from 2010 to 2013. He was known for his ability to pitch effectively deep into games and, at the time of his retirement, was the active major league leader in complete games with 67, including 20 shutouts.On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in major league baseball history, beating the Florida Marlins by a score of 1–0. On October 6, 2010, in his first postseason start, Halladay threw the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history (Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series being the first) against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS. This feat made Halladay the fifth pitcher in major league history (and the first since Nolan Ryan in 1973) to throw multiple no-hitters in the same calendar year (including the postseason). During the 2012 season, he became the 67th pitcher to record 2,000 career strikeouts. Halladay was also one of six pitchers in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award in both the American and National Leagues.

On November 7, 2017, Halladay died when his ICON A5 amphibious plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. The Blue Jays organization posthumously retired his number 32 on March 29, 2018. Halladay was announced as an inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on January 22, 2019; he is the first posthumously-elected player since Ron Santo in 2012 and the first elected by the BBWAA since Roberto Clemente in 1973.

Zack Greinke

Donald Zackary Greinke ( GRING-kee; born October 21, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Royals selected Greinke in 2002 MLB draft after he won the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award as a high school senior. After playing in the minor leagues, he made his MLB debut in 2004. His career was nearly derailed by his battles with depression and anxiety in 2005 and 2006, and he missed most of the 2006 season. He returned in 2007 as a relief pitcher before rejoining the starting rotation in 2008 and developing into one of the top pitchers in the game. In 2009, he appeared in the MLB All-Star Game, led the major leagues in earned run average, and won the American League Cy Young Award.

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