Pitchers that hated to walk batters

February 22, 2010 – With Twins pitchers and catchers working out for the first time today, it is a good time to take a look at the top control pitchers in franchise history. The Twins always preach to their pitchers that walks will kill. If you want to pitch for the Minnesota Twins you need to get your pitches over the plate and force the hitter to put the ball in play. This strategy has worked for the Twins in the past and I don’t see it changing in the future. So let’s take a look and see what Twins pitchers gave up the fewest walks per inning pitched and at the same time compare how Washington Senators pitchers in the past compared to their modern day counterparts.

Minnesota Twins

Carlos Silva

Rank Pitcher BB/9 Innings pitched
1 Carlos Silva 1.303 773
2 Brad Radke 1.634 2,451
3 Jim Merritt 1.769 686
4 Jim “Mudcat” Grant 1.879 780
5 Kevin Tapani 1.959 1,171
6 Scott Baker 2.054 653
7 John Butcher 2.148 502
8 Jim Kaat 2.177 3,014
9 Dean Chance 2.250 664
10 Allan Anderson 2.320 818

 Washington Senators

Al Orth

Al Orth

Rank Pitcher BB/9 Innings pitched
1 Al Orth 1.555 677
2 Watty Lee 1.794 526
3 Dutch Leonard 1.910 1,899
4 Waletr Johnson 2.074 5,914
5 Garland Braxton 2.115 583
6 Doc Ayers 2.301 1,122
7 George Mogridge 2.417 1,016
8 Casey Patten 2.430 2,059
9 Charlie Smith 2,240 822
10 Roger Wolff 2,442 527

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