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From the no need to rush the Narwhal Department:

6 of the top 10 Starting Pitcher Swinging Strike% leaders in the International League (AAA) have spent part of 2009 with their major league club(s). Below is the comparison between their AAA Swinging Strike and K %'s and their Major League numbers.

AAA SwStrk

MLBSwStk

AAA K%

MLB K%

David Hernandez

15.7%

7.4%

34.1%

12.0%

Kris Medlen

14.2%

8.1%

32.0%

23.2%

Tommy Hanson

13.7%

8.4%

35.0%

19.1%

Ian Snell

13.4%

7.9%

31.3%

12.4%

Clay Buchholz

13.3%

9.4%

22.4%

13.2%

Luke French

11.5%

8.4%

22.0%

13.9%

From Dave Cameron's Evaluating Pitcher Talent:

K% (Strikeouts per Total Batters Faced) does a decent job evaluating how often a pitcher induces swings and misses or called strikes. 16% is league average, with 20% being terrific and 12% being a problem.