Current Sports The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now  

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List Rules Whether they're slugging home runs or stacking base hits, vote up the best pitchers who rake.

Who are the best hitting pitchers currently in the MLB? Also referred to as pitchers who rake, these are the guys who can put the ball in play and get on base—and they're rare cases. There's no denying the fact that the vast majority of MLB pitchers, both old and new, have never been the best at hitting. In fact, pitchers have always been known to be terrible hitters. They only get at-bats every five days or so, and the American League guys don't even have to step up to the plate. So while they may not be the best hitters currently in the MLB, these are the best hitting pitchers in baseball today.

With the exception of Shohei Ohtani (who gets additional at-bats as a DH), Madison Bumgarner is easily one of the best hitting pitchers of his time, not to mention one of the best pitchers out right now. He leads active pitchers in career home runs, and he belts them as hard as top batters in the league. Home runs aside, however, Zack Greinke and Adam Wainwright know how to put the ball in play—and they do if fairly often. Then you have the aforementioned sensation Shohei Ohtani, who may very well be the next Babe Ruth. Of all the pitchers who rake right now, he's certainly at the top of his class. 

Who do you think are the best current hitting pitchers in baseball? Whether you rank 'em by batting average or home runs, cast your votes below.

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Shohei Otani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Shohei Otani Anaheim Angels

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Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants

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Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Noah Syndergaard New York Mets

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Yovani Gallardo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Yovani Gallardo Texas Rangers

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Mike Leake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Mike Leake Seattle Mariners

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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals

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Jason Vargas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Jason Vargas New York Mets

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James Shields is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
James Shields Chicago White Sox

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Kenta Maeda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Kenta Maeda Los Angeles Dodgers

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Homer Bailey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Homer Bailey Cincinnati Reds

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Michael Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds

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Vince Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Vince Velasquez Philadelphia Phillies

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Luke Weaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Luke Weaver St. Louis Cardinals

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Francisco Liriano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Francisco Liriano Detroit Tigers

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Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

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Tyler Chatwood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Tyler Chatwood Chicago Cubs

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Wily Peralta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Wily Peralta Wily Peralta

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Carlos Martinez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals

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Patrick Corbin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Patrick Corbin Arizona Diamondbacks

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Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Zack Greinke Arizona Diamondbacks

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Zack Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Zack Wheeler New York Mets

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Trevor Cahill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Trevor Cahill Oakland Athletics

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Tyler Glasnow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Tyler Glasnow Pittsburgh Pirates

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Steve Cishek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now

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Taijuan Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Taijuan Walker Arizona Diamondbacks