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Collette Calls: Strikeout Rate Surgers

Jason Collette

Jason Collette

Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Towers of Power Baseball Hour Podcast on iTunes. He was selected as the Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year by FSWA in 2013.

The strikeout rate across baseball is up yet again. Every season since 2005, the league-wide rate has risen. With that rise, it is only natural that some pitchers will see a spike in their strikeout rates over the previous season while others drop as they lose velocity or command of their pitches.

So far this season, there are 17 pitchers that have seen their strikeout improve by five or more percentage points. That level of shift should raise your eyebrows or maybe even your suspicions, Let's take a look at those showing that level of improvement in 2014 (with at least 70 batters faced).

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