Strikeout rate represents the frequency with which a pitcher strikes out hitters, as determined by total strikeouts divided by total batters faced.
The K rate leaderboards are generally made up of the game's best pitchers. However, plenty of pitchers have succeeded with lower strikeout rates, generally because they are able to induce weak contact.
Strikeouts are valuable to fantasy owners and K rates correlate closely to strikeout totals. Additionally, pitchers with high K rates tend to be among the best at notching impressive ERA and WHIP figures.
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"K-rate," "strikeout percentage"