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The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History

Updated May 19, 2020 3.4k votes 526 voters 12.9k 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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  • 1
    Babe Ruth
    254
    44

    Babe Ruth

    Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves

    PositionRight fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder, Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Career batting stats: .342 avg., 714 HRs, 2,214 RBIs

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  • 2
    Wes Ferrell
    105
    27

    Wes Ferrell

    Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    Career batting stats: .280 avg., 38 HRs, 208 RBIs

  • 3
    Ken Brett
    85
    29

    Ken Brett

    Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Career batting stats: .262 avg., 10 HRs, 44 RBIs

  • 4
    Carlos Zambrano
    122
    61

    Carlos Zambrano

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionStarting pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplacePuerto Cabello, Venezuela

    BatsAmbidexterity

    Career batting stats: .238 avg., 24 HRs, 71 RBIs

  • 5
    Don Larsen
    69
    20

    Don Larsen

    Houston colt .45s, Kansas City Athletics

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceMichigan City, Indiana, United States of America

    Career batting stats: .242 avg., 14 HRs, 72 RBIs

  • 6
    Mike Hampton
    117
    60

    Mike Hampton

    Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies

    PositionStarting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceBrooksville, Florida, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

    Career batting stats: .246 avg., 16 HRs, 79 RBIs

  • 7
    Shohei Ohtani
    163
    100

    Shohei Ohtani

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    PositionPitcher, Designated hitter

    NationalityJapan

    BirthplaceMizusawa, Iwate

    BatsLeft-handed

    Career batting stats: .292 avg., 36 HRs, 101 RBIs

  • 8
    Don Drysdale
    80
    34

    Don Drysdale

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVan Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Career batting stats: .186 avg., 29 HRs, 113 RBIs

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  • 9
    Dontrelle Willis
    68
    30

    Dontrelle Willis

    Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    BatsLeft-handed

    Career batting stats: .244 avg., 9 HRs, 39 RBIs

  • 10
    Zack Greinke
    90
    53

    Zack Greinke

    Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    BatsRight-handed

    Career batting stats: .222 avg., 9 HRs, 32 RBIs

  • 11
    Madison Bumgarner
    156
    117

    Madison Bumgarner

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHickory, North Carolina

    BatsRight-handed

    Career batting stats: .179 avg., 18 HRs, 61 RBIs

  • 12
    Michael Lorenzen
    71
    37

    Michael Lorenzen

    Career batting stats: .253 avg., 6 HRs, 20 RBIs

  • 13
    Rick Rhoden
    57
    30

    Rick Rhoden

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

    Career batting stats: .238 avg., 9 HRs, 75 RBIs

  • 14
    Adam Wainwright
    74
    47

    Adam Wainwright

    St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionRelief pitcher, Starting pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBrunswick, Georgia, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

    Career batting stats: .200 avg., 10 HRs, 70 RBIs

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  • 15
    1
    4

    Larry Christenson

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceEverett, Washington

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  • 16
    Micah Owings
    50
    26

    Micah Owings

    Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds

    PositionStarting pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGainesville, Georgia

    BatsRight-handed

    Career batting stats: .283 avg., 9 HRs, 35 RBIs

  • 17
    Don Robinson
    44
    26

    Don Robinson

    Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceAshland, Kentucky, United States of America

    Career batting stats: .231 avg., 13 HRs, 69 RBIs

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  • 18
    Jack Scott
    33
    18

    Jack Scott

    Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

    PositionPitcher

    Career batting stats: .275 avg., 5 HRs, 73 RBIs

  • 19
    Bob Forsch
    37
    22

    Bob Forsch

    St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceSacramento, California

    Career batting stats: .213 avg., 12 HRs, 84 RBIs

  • 20
    Carl Mays
    36
    23

    Carl Mays

    New York Giants, Boston Red Sox

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceLiberty, Kentucky

    Career batting stats: .268 avg., 5 HRs, 111 RBIs

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  • 21
    Claude Hendrix
    31
    18

    Claude Hendrix

    Chicago Cubs, Chicago Whales

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceOlathe, Kansas

    Career batting stats: .241 avg., 14 HRs, 97 RBIs

  • 22
    Sloppy Thurston
    43
    32

    Sloppy Thurston

    Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceFremont, Nebraska

    Career batting stats: .270 avg., 5 HRs, 79 RBIs

  • 23
    Les Sweetland
    25
    15

    Les Sweetland

    Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceSt. Ignace, Michigan

    Career batting stats: .272 avg., 0 HRs, 34 RBIs

  • 24
    Yovani Gallardo
    31
    25

    Yovani Gallardo

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityMexico

    BirthplacePenjamillo, Mexico

    BatsRight-handed

    Career batting stats: .201 avg., 12 HRs, 42 RBIs

  • 25
    Noah Syndergaard
    61
    64

    Noah Syndergaard

    New York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMansfield, Texas

    BatsRight

    Career batting stats: .159 avg., 6 HRs, 15 RBIs