Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta just accomplished a feat of 200 strikeouts in a single season for the first time in his career on Tuesday night. He struck out nine Marlins en route to a 3-1 Brewers victory that moved them ever closer to an NL Central crown.
200 strikeouts in a season in an round number milestone for a starting pitcher and it's one that isn't accomplished very often, at least not in Brewers franchise history.
Just how many times has a Brewers pitcher accomplished 200 strikeouts in a season?
A 200 strikeout season has been accomplished just 13 times in Brewers franchise history with Peralta's performance this year. Those 13 seasons were compiled by eight different pitchers.
The pitcher with the most 200+ strikeout seasons is Yovani Gallardo, who racked up four of them from 2009-2012.
Let's run down the list.
- Ben Sheets (2004) - 264 strikeouts
- Corbin Burnes (2022) - 243 strikeouts
- Corbin Burnes (2021) - 234 strikeouts
- Teddy Higuera (1987) - 240 strikeouts
- Teddy Higuera (1986) - 207 strikeouts
- Brandon Woodruff (2021) - 211 strikeouts
- Doug Davis (2005) - 208 strikeouts
- Yovani Gallardo (2011) - 207 strikeouts
- Yovani Gallardo (2009) - 204 strikeouts
- Yovani Gallardo (2012) - 204 strikeouts
- Yovani Gallardo (2010) - 200 strikeouts
- Zack Greinke (2011) - 201 strikeouts
- Freddy Peralta (2023) - 200 strikeouts
Peralta's 200 K year makes this four instances of a pitcher achieving this mark in the last three seasons. Peralta came close in 2021, but ultimately fell five punchouts short.
In all likelihood, we will add another 200 strikeout season performance to this list soon enough, but it won't be a new name to the list like Peralta. Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes is currently at 181 strikeouts in 2023 and with a few more starts left coming up, he's likely to reach the 200 K mark before the season ends.
It's a tremendous accomplishment for Peralta this year and now each of the Brewers big three arms have a 200 K season under their belt, something that had been accomplished only nine times in franchise history prior to their arrival.
This list would also be a useful tool for anyone looking for potential Immaculate Grid answers. If you're looking for the rarest answer of a Brewers pitcher with 200+ Ks in a season, Doug Davis is going to be your best bet for that.
Jimmy Nelson came close to the 200 K mark in 2017, but ultimately fell just short with 199 Ks on the year as he suffered that devastating shoulder injury in Chicago that altered the course of his career.