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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 Ohtani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
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
San Francisco Giants
3
Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
New York Mets
4
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Arizona Diamondbacks
5
Michael Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds
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Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Washington Nationals
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Jason Vargas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
New York Mets
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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
St. Louis Cardinals
9
Patrick Corbin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Arizona Diamondbacks
10
Tyler Chatwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Chicago Cubs
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Mike Leake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Seattle Mariners
12
Kenta Maeda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Los Angeles Dodgers
13
Yovani Gallardo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Texas Rangers
14
Zack Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
New York Mets
15
Carlos Martinez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
St. Louis Cardinals
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Luke Weaver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
St. Louis Cardinals
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James Shields is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Chicago White Sox
18
Francisco Liriano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Detroit Tigers
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Vince Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Philadelphia Phillies
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Wily Peralta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Wily Peralta Wily Peralta
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Tyler Glasnow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Tyler Glasnow Pittsburgh Pirates
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Taijuan Walker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Homer Bailey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Cincinnati Reds
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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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Trevor Cahill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Oakland Athletics