Going down as one of the greatest hitting pitchers in baseball history is a difficult feat, especially when you consider a majority of these star pitchers are only batting every 5 games—at most. Now known as "pitchers who rake", these aces aren't just winning games for their teams with strikeouts and dominant pitching in general; they're stepping up to the plate, getting on base, and scoring runs. Of all the MLB's top hitting pitchers, both old and new, who do you think is the best of all time?
Now, there have been some great hitting pitchers since the early days of professional baseball, but it wasn't until 1980 when the Silver Slugger started being awarded and they really started to get recognized for such an uncommon skill. From early winners like Bob Forsch and Rick Rhoden to modern-day baseball's Madison Bumgarner and Carlos Zambrano, these are certainly pitchers who rake. Of course, we can't forget some of the earliest sluggers of the mound, such as Sloppy Thurston, Jack Scott, and Don Larsen, among many others. Another thing to consider here is these aren't just your average pitchers who can swing the bat—many of them are even the MLB's greatest pitchers.
Take a look at the list of greatest hitting pitchers below and vote up your choices for the best of all time—whether you think that comes down to batting average, home runs, or OPS. Feel free to add others to the list as well.
Career batting stats: .171 avg., 6 HRs, 27 RBIsJacob Joseph Arrieta (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the... more
- 87Kenneth Roth Forsch (born September 8, 1946 in Sacramento, California) is a former Major... more
Career batting stats: .185 avg., 11 HRs, 37 RBIsTravis Alan Wood (born February 6, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a... more
Omar OliverasSt. Louis Cardinals
Jacob deGromNew York Mets
Career batting stats: .188 avg., 2 HRs, 20 RBIsJacob Anthony deGrom (born June 19, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the... more
Career batting stats: .141 avg., 3 HRs, 20 RBIsStephen James Strasburg (born July 20, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for... more
Larry ChristensonPhiladelphia PhilliesLarry Richard Christenson (born November 10, 1953), nicknamed "L.C.", is an American former... more