Milwaukee Brewers’ All-Time Strikeout Leaders
The Milwaukee Brewers began play in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, and moved to Milwaukee the following year. They played in the American League until expansion and realignment moved them to the National League central. The Brewers have been a hard-luck team for a long time, only reaching the World Series once, in 1982, but they have turned things around as of late as I write this in 2009. Here is a list of the Brewers’ all-time Top 10 in strikeouts:
Ben Sheets (1206)—Ben Sheets hasn’t pitched in 2009 but is still technically a member of the Brewers. He has pitched his entire career in Milwaukee, since 2001, and ranks first in team history with 1206 strikeouts. Sheets is injury prone, but when he’s on, he’s on. Sheets’ best season so far was probably 2004, when, despite a 12-14 record, he posted career best numbers in ERA (2.70) and strikeouts (264).
Teddy Higuera (1081)—Teddy Higuera pitched for the Brewers his entire career, from 1985 to 1994, and he was most effective during the early years, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting and second in the AL Cy Young voting his first two seasons, respectively. Higuera ranks second in Brewers’ history with 1081 strikeouts, and he had a career high 240 K’s in 1987. But Higuera’s best overall season was 1986, when he went 20-11 with a 2.79 earned run average and 207 strikeouts.
Jim Slaton (929)—Jim Slaton pitched in Milwaukee from 1971 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1983, and he ranks third in franchise history with 929 strikeouts. Slaton was both a starter and reliever, and his best season was arguably 1976, when despite going 14-15, he had an ERA of 3.44 with a career high 138 strikeouts.
Moose Haas (800)—Moose Haas pitched for the Brewers most of his career, from 1976 to 1985, and he ranks fourth in their history with 800 strikeouts. Haas had his best season in 1980, when he went 16-15 with a 3.10 earned run average and career high 146 strikeouts.
Chris Bosio (749)—Chris Bosio pitched in Milwaukee from 1986 to 1992, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 749 strikeouts. Bosio went 16-6 in 1992, but his best overall season was probably 1989, when he went 15-10 with career best numbers in ERA (2.95) and strikeouts (173).
Bill Wegman (696)—Bill Wegman pitched for the Brewers his entire career, from 1985 to 1995, and he ranks sixth in the team’s history with 696 K’s. Wegman had a career high 127 strikeouts in 1992, but his best overall season was probably 1991, when he went 15-7 with a career best 2.84 earned run average and 89 strikeouts.
Cal Eldred (686)—Cal Eldred pitched in Milwaukee from 1991 to 1999 and ranks seventh in Brewers’ history with 686 strikeouts. Eldred struck out a career high 180 batters in 1993, but his best overall season may have been 1992, when he went 11-2 with a career best 1.79 ERA and 62 K’s.
Doug Davis (568)—Journeyman Doug Davis pitched in Milwaukee from 2003 to 2006, but despite that short time frame, ranks eighth in franchise history with 568 strikeouts. Davis had perhaps his best overall season with Milwaukee in 2005, when he went 11-11 with a 3.84 ERA and career high 208 strikeouts.
Chris Capuano (562)—Chris Capuano is still technically with the Brewers, but hasn’t pitched since having shoulder surgery in 2007. He began his career with Arizona in 2003 but has been with the Brewers since 2004 and ranks ninth in their history with 562 strikeouts. His best season so far was 2005, when he had career best numbers in wins (18-12), ERA (3.99) and strikeouts (176).
Mike Caldwell (540)—Mike Caldwell pitched in Milwaukee most of his career, from 1977 to 1984, and ranks tenth in team history with 540 strikeouts. Caldwell had his best season in 1978, when he finished second in the AL Cy Young voting with career best numbers in wins (22-9), ERA (2.36) and K’s (131).