The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now

Over 700 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Hitting Pitchers in the MLB Right Now
Voting 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
    502 votes
    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    While the term "phenomenon" is often thrown around in the sports world, Shohei Ohtani truly embodies the essence of the word with his remarkable two-way skills as both a dominant pitcher and powerful hitter. As the MLB's first true two-way player since Babe Ruth, Ohtani's rare ability to excel at hitting and pitching has captivated fans worldwide and redefined what it means to be a multi-talented athlete in baseball. Balancing effortless power at the plate with an electric arsenal of pitches on the mound, this Japanese sensation continues to shatter expectations and redefine the limits of what a single player can contribute to their team.

  • Jacob deGrom
    206 votes

    Jacob deGrom

    New York Mets

    Often hailed as a "once-in-a-generation" talent, Jacob deGrom consistently dominates opposing batters with his exceptional control, high strikeout rate, and deceptive pitches. But deGrom's talents don't end on the mound, as he's also shown a remarkable ability to swing the bat, making him a true double threat and valuable asset to his team. Possessing a smooth, compact swing and the ability to consistently make contact, deGrom has proven to be a formidable presence in the batter's box as well as the pitcher's mound.

  • Zack Greinke
    252 votes
    Houston Astros

    Zack Greinke has long been revered as one of the premier pitchers in the MLB, demonstrating a mastery of his craft that few can match. However, he's also displayed a prowess at the plate that shouldn't go unnoticed, showcasing a determination and competitiveness that elevates him above many of his fellow hurlers. With a keen eye for pitch selection and a penchant for driving in key runs, Greinke's contributions on the offensive side of the ball have become a valuable addition to his already-impressive pitching resume.

  • Madison Bumgarner
    257 votes
    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Madison Bumgarner is best known for his legendary postseason performances and his gritty, bulldog mentality on the mound. But his prowess as a hitter should not be overlooked, as he's consistently demonstrated a keen ability to drive the ball with authority and contribute offensively for his team. Combining raw power with an unwavering competitive spirit, Bumgarner has become a feared presence on both sides of the ball, further solidifying his status as one of the game's elite talents.

  • Michael Lorenzen
    176 votes

    Michael Lorenzen

    Cincinnati Reds

    As a rare true two-way player in the modern MLB landscape, Michael Lorenzen has emerged as a valuable and versatile weapon for his team, both as a formidable pitcher and potent bat off the bench. Often called upon to pinch-hit or even play outfield in addition to his regular bullpen duties, Lorenzen's hard-hitting approach at the plate complements his impressive arm strength on the mound. With a dedication to conditioning and uncompromising work ethic, Lorenzen continues to push the boundaries of what it means to be a multifaceted talent in professional baseball.

  • Noah Syndergaard
    183 votes
    New York Mets

    Known for his intimidating presence on the mound and his Thor-like moniker, Noah Syndergaard has made a name for himself as one of the hardest throwers in the MLB. Yet he's also showcased a penchant for hitting, marrying power and finesse at the plate to make a significant impact offensively. As Syndergaard continues to harness both his pitching and hitting talents, he remains an undeniable force within the sport, confounding opposing teams with his unique skill set.