Top Five Minnesota Twins Pitching Win Leaders

Walter Johnson: 417 wins

Washington Senators Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson is the Minnesota Twins all-time wins leader. Johnson pitched his entire 21-year career with the franchise from 1907 to 1927 as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. Johnson is one of only two pitchers to win more than 400 games and he ranks second only to Cy Young on the Major Leagues’ all-time wins list. He was also the first pitcher to strike out more than 3,500 hitters as he led the AL in Ks 12 times. With 5,914.1 innings pitched, Johnson tossed a Major League record 110 shutouts. The two-time MVP led the American League in wins six times, including a career high 36 victories against only seven losses in 1913 when he had a 1.14 ERA, the sixth best ERA in any season ever pitched.

Jim Kaat: 190 wins

Lefty Jim Kaat pitched 15 of his 25 seasons with Minnesota and ranks second on the Twins’ all-time wins leaders list. Kaat started his career with the Senators in 1959 and remained with the Twins until 1973, earning double-digit wins in each of his last 12 seasons there. The perennial Gold Glove-winner won 25 games in 1966 to lead the American League. For his career as a whole, Kaat pitched 4,530.1 innings with a 3.45 ERA and 283 wins.

Bert Blyleven: 149 wins

Two-time World Series Champion Bert Blyleven ranks third among the Minnesota Twins’ all-time wins leaders. Blyleven spent 11 of his 22 seasons in Minnesota and picked up more than half of his career wins the the team. From 1971 to 1975, he won at least 15 games per year with the Twins including a 20-win year in 1973. The two-time All-Star threw 4,970 innings in his career and his 3,701 strikeouts are good for fifth in baseball history. Blyleven was a member of the Twins’ 1987 World Series Championship team.

Brad Radke: 148 wins

Career Twin Brad Radke is the latest pitcher to become one of the top five Minnesota Twins’ all-time wins leaders. Radke was a durable starter for the Twins from 1995 to 2006, pitching more than 200 innings nine times. In 1997, he won a career high 20 games and followed it with his first All-Star appearance in 1998. He posted double-digit wins in each of his first seven seasons and ten times overall.

Camilo Pascual: 145 wins

Camilo Pascual ranks fifth on the Minnesota Twins’ all-time wins leaders list. Pascual holds the rare distinction of playing for the team named the Washington Senators when it was used by the Twins franchise and when it was used by the Rangers franchise. Pascual was one of the American League’s top pitchers during his prime as he made five All-Star teams from 1959 to 1964. During that span, he led the league in strikeouts three times in a row, posted a 3.04 ERA, and tallied a 100-66 record.

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