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The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History

Updated May 19, 2020 3.7k votes 627 voters 15.5k views32 items

List RulesWhether they knocked record home runs or led in OPS, who are best hitting pitchers in MLB history?

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.

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    Jake Arrieta

    Chicago Cubs

    Career batting stats: .171 avg., 6 HRs, 27 RBIs

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  • 27

    Ken Forsch

    Houston Astros, California Angels
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  • 28

    Career batting stats: .185 avg., 11 HRs, 37 RBIs

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  • 29

    Omar Oliveras

    St. Louis Cardinals
  • 30

    Jacob deGrom

    New York Mets

    Career batting stats: .188 avg., 2 HRs, 20 RBIs

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    Stephen Strasburg

    Washington Nationals

    Career batting stats: .141 avg., 3 HRs, 20 RBIs

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    Larry Christenson

    Philadelphia Phillies
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