The Oakland Athletics left-handed closer, Sean Doolittle, has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the MLB.
Ever since moving from first base to the pitching mound while playing in the minors, Doolittle has been posting excellent numbers. This includes a 3.09 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 116 innings during his first two seasons as a major league player.
After Jim Johnson struggled as the closer for the A’s, Doolittle moved into the position. He now has a 46-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ration over the course of 33 innings. Those are some pretty amazing numbers.
According to NBC Sports, the best K/BB ratios in the history of baseball among all pitchers with a minimum of 30 innings is as follows:
SEAN DOOLITTLE 2014 46.00 Dennis Eckersley 1989 18.33 Dennis Eckersley 1990 18.25 Koji Uehara 2013 14.33 Sergio Romo 2011 14.00 Mariano Rivera 2008 12.83
Doolittle surpasses the others by an extreme amount.
Hall of Fame player Dennis Eckersley has the next two best ratios with 18.33-to-1 in 1989 and 18.25-to-1 in 1990. In more recent history, Koji Uehara had a 14.33-to-1 ratio last year, but it doesn’t even come close to Doolittle’s 46.
In addition, Doolittle also has the second best strikeout-to-walk ratio among pitchers with 100 or more career innings at 6.64.
Doolittle was the 41st pick in the 2007 draft. He had some less than great season in the minor leagues when he first started out and then suffered a knee injury which cost him the majority of two seasons. Upon moving to the pitching position in 2012, he joined the major leagues, and the rest is making history. He has become the best closer on one of the best teams in all of baseball.
An astounding story for anyone hoping to make it in the big leagues.