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: .342 avg., 714 HRs, 2,214 RBIsGeorge Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. was an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1914 to 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and ...more
Career batting stats: .246 avg., 16 HRs, 79 RBIsMichael William Hampton is an American former professional baseball player. Hampton played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher from 1993 through 2010. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners, ...more
Career batting stats: .253 avg., 6 HRs, 20 RBIsMichael Clifton Lorenzen is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organizaion. As a college baseball player, Lorenzen played outfield and pitched for the Cal State ...more
Career batting stats: .280 avg., 38 HRs, 208 RBIsWesley Cheek "Wes" Ferrell was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball from 1927 through 1941. Primarily a starting pitcher, Ferrell played for the ...more
Career batting stats: .262 avg., 10 HRs, 44 RBIsKenneth Alven "Ken" Brett was a Major League Baseball pitcher and the second of four Brett brothers who played professional baseball, the most notable being the youngest, George Brett. ...more
Career batting stats: .242 avg., 14 HRs, 72 RBIsDonald James Larsen is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. During a 15-year MLB career, he pitched from 1953–1967 for seven different teams. Larsen pitched for the St. Louis Browns ...more
Career batting stats: .238 avg., 9 HRs, 75 RBIsRichard Alan Rhoden is a professional golfer and was a Major League Baseball pitcher. During his 16 year baseball career, he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston ...more
Career batting stats: .283 avg., 9 HRs, 35 RBIsMicah Burton Owings is an American professional baseball player who is currently a free agent. In his major league career from 2007-2012, Owings was used exclusively as a pitcher and occasional ...more
Career batting stats: .231 avg., 13 HRs, 69 RBIsDon Allen "Donnie" Robinson, is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, California Angels, and Philadelphia Phillies from 1978 through ...more
Career batting stats: .272 avg., 0 HRs, 34 RBIsLester Leo Sweetland was a professional baseball pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1927 to 1931. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. Sweetland's 7.71 ERA in 1930 is the ...more
Career batting stats: .275 avg., 5 HRs, 73 RBIsJohn William Scott was a professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1916 to 1929. He would play for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, New ...more
Career batting stats: .270 avg., 5 HRs, 79 RBIsHollis John "Sloppy" Thurston was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played professionally for the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators 1901–1960, ...more