Greatest power pitcher of all time: Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson? | The Tylt
Greatest power pitcher of all time: Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson?
When you talk about the hardest throwers to ever step on top of the mound, Nolan Ryan should be one of the first names out of your mouth. During his 27-year tenure in the pros, Ryan fanned the most batters in league history with a scorching fastball consistently clocked at 100 mph, and a devastating 12-6 curveball. Ryan left hitters swinging at air. His 5,714 strikeouts lead the next pitcher on the strikeout list by 839 Ks.
What’s impressive about Ryan is he did this over a span of nearly three decades. He stuck around the league so long, he struck out seven father-son combos in MLB. He still holds the all-time no-hitter record with seven over his entire career, and goes down as one of the greatest pitchers ever.
Standing at 6'10", Randy Johnson was an intimidating presence on the mound. Add his ability to throw near 100 mph with his fastball, and you have one of the most dominant pitchers of any era. Not only did he throw hard, his stride got him closer to the plate than most pitchers, giving hitters less time to react to his throws. There’s unfair, and then there’s batting against Randy Johnson unfair.
Ryan might have the numbers, but it took him 27 years to get them. Randy Johnson holds the MLB record for strikeouts per nine innings (10.61). He also wasn’t as wild as Ryan was at times, with nearly 1,300 fewer walks than Ryan in his career. His ability to throw hard and accurate earned him five Cy Young awards (Ryan had none), nine strikeout titles, a World Series MVP and the pitching Triple Crown.