We can debate the things that make a pitcher great until we're all blue in the face, but one fact that cannot be denied is that pitchers capable of striking out hitters in bunches are off to a good start on the road to greatness.
Do strikeout pitchers always pan out? No, of course not. The chances of making it to the Major League is slim, let alone each and every pitcher who can strike a batter out with relative ease becoming a big league player.
But great pitchers tend to be strikeout pitchers. It's really not as complex as it seems. The better the pitches, the tougher they are to hit. The tougher they are to hit, the more likely it is for a hitter to strike out.
Certain pitchers, however, do it with style. Some strikeout pitchers are intimidating.
So what makes a pitcher intimidating? Well, the Philadelphia Phillies have plenty of examples in their history. Some pitchers, like Roy Halladay, are so good they're intimidating. Some guys have reputations for being intimidating. Steve Carlton comes to mind.
Some pitchers have the look, like Mitch Williams' mullet, and some guys do a whole routine, like Jonathan Papelbon.
But they're fun to watch.
The Phillies don't have a ton of great, intimidating strikeout pitchers, but they have a few, and some of the names are kind of surprising. But that's what keeps it interesting.
Remember! There is a balance between being both "intimidating" and a "strikeout pitcher" involved in these rankings, so make sure to keep that in mind as you move forward!