Bugs & Cranks Home
Bugs & Cranks
April 30, 2009 at 5:54 am ET
B&C’s 10 Greatest Active Hitting Pitchers in Baseball

rsz_brewersj4_0430091Growing up a Brewers fan, I had the rare opportunity to witness seasons upon seasons of both American and National League brand baseball. Without even touching on the positives and negatives of the designated hitter (hint: there are no positives), I think we can all agree there’s something especially exciting about watching a man who’s primarily employed to throw a ball smack the Christ out of the thing he usually throws. Yet in the modern era, such a sight is seen increasingly seldom.

But as a 23-year-old pitcher smited his 4th career four-bagger Wednesday to provide the only run in a Major League Baseball game, I was inspired to circulate a query around the Bugs & Cranks headquarters to which active pitchers wielded the most vicious lumber – which could best channel their inner Burke Flynn. In no particular order, here they are.

Yovani Gallardo, Brewers – As mentioned above, Yo clubbed his 4th career longball (2nd this season) Wednesday. He has more hits than position player teammates Brad Nelson, Chris Duffy and Casey McGehee – and two more homers this season than all-star Matt Holliday.テつ

Carlos Zambrano, Cubs – Winner of two Silver Slugger awards, Zambrano has 17 HR, 49 RBI and 121 hits. He’s a career .239 hitter and has thrice tripled to boot. His secret? When hitting, he imagines he’s pitching. Anger does a lot for a man’s bat speed.

Bronson Arroyo, Reds -テつI make no secret of my disdain for the bleach-blond “pitcher”/house boat owner, but I have to give it to him. He can hit. He’s nearly made up for his below average pitching with his surprisingly not entirely atrocious hitting. He’s homered at least once in each of the past three seasons. If that’s not something to tell (alleged) future STD carriers between poorly-played acoustic guitar ballads, what is?

Micah Owings, Reds – Sticking with bad Reds pitchers, Owings has 5 homers, 23 RBI, a .323 BA and a Silver Slugger in just over two full seasons of play. I’d say Dusty Baker should consider pinch-hitting him in extra inning games, but it’s probably too risky. He’s walked seven times… he might “clog the bases.”

Mike Hampton, Astros -テつ15 HR, 73 RBI, 3 SB, 45 BB, .240 BA. What is Wes Helms’ career line? Nope. Mike Hampton – when not injured or in the process of becoming injured, handles the bat quite well. He boasts five Silver Sluggers.テつ

Jason Marquis, Rockies -テつ169 homers! Is that right? Oh wait, that’s the amount of homers he’s given up. OK, so Marquis isn’t exactly a pitcher’s pitcher… that doesn’t mean he hasn’t kept his team in games he blew with some timely batsmanship. 5 HR, 43 RBI, a steal and a Silver Slugger… I can only imagine what a season in Denver will do for that career homer total. Six?!?

Jason Jennings, Rangers -テつ2 HR, 26 RBI, 68 hits, .207 BA. Bip Roberts is rolling is his grave at the mention of Jennings’ stats accrued while a NL pitcher. Wait, is Bip Roberts dead?

CC Sabathia, Yankees – At this point in the season, most position players have totaled at least 88 at bats. How many respectable hitters currently have 3 homers, 13 RBI and 3 doubles? A few, right? Those are Sabathia’s numbers over 88 at bats spanning eight big league seasons – primarily spent on AL teams.テつ

Dontrelle Willis, Tigers – Things were better for Willis when he was a Marlin. He won a World Series, his gimmicky leg kick and crooked hat fooled many an analyst to believe he was the real deal, only 50 people witnessed his bad home outings and, mostly, because he could hit. With 8 HR, 35 RBI and 21 BB, I’d venture a guess he misses the batter’s box of Miami.

Livan Hernandez, Mets -テつA lot can happen in 14 years. I can grow facial hair (kind of), 3 1/2 Presidential terms pass, a British boy can be born/knock up his girlfriend/have a year to spare. Livan Hernandez can also smack 9 homers and 75 RBI. I think the British kid-dad thing is most impressive, but not by much.

What do you think? Any we missed?

Read more: , ,
Print  |  Email  |  Share/Save
7 Responses to “B&C’s 10 Greatest Active Hitting Pitchers in Baseball”
  1. Ryan says:

    Baker already does pinch-hit Owings as long as it’s not the day before his start, and he’s a beast. He’s batting .364 this year with 3 doubles in 11 ABs. He’s not that bad of a pitcher btw. Neither is Bronson. He won 15 games last year.

  2. Noonan says:

    Look at Adam Wainwright’s career hitting stats, too. He could definitely be on this list.

  3. Nic Lake says:

    All this just makes me think of/miss Greg Maddux. That guy was the master of the sacrifice bunt… guy on first? No outs? You can bet a sacrifice is incoming, and you can bet that Maddux would have it down within 2 pitches.

  4. El Capitan Obvioso says:

    Does Randy Wolf still pitch on a Major League roster? Dude could rake a little.

  5. a different Brian says:

    Wainwright – for sure. He’s got the numbers of a good hitting middle infielder.

    Career BA, OBP, SLG, OPS – .283/.306/.399/.704

  6. Jimbo says:

    Peavy, Wainwright and Cole Hamels

  7. Lyell says:


Leave a Reply

Latest Posts
Our Sponsors
Vividseats.com is your premier internet destination for all MLB Baseball Tickets, such as Phillies Tickets, Cubs Tickets, LA Dodgers Tickets, Pirates Tickets, Marlins Tickets, and many more.
SecureYourSeat.com are able to provide you with a great selection of Premier League tickets including Arsenal tickets, Manchester United tickets, Liverpool tickets and Chelsea tickets. We also stock a fine selection of Champions League tickets including Champions League final tickets.
Best online sports betting bonuses and promotions at Sportsbetting.com. Join now the most secure online sportsbook!
For a selection of online slots games and casino reviews visit Online Slots Entertainment, a leader in online slot machines since 2003.
AllianceTickets.com carries all MLB Tickets including Colorado Rockies Tickets, Seattle Mariners Tickets and San Francisco Giants Tickets. They carry all Sports Tickets at discount prices.
With Texas Holdem Masters you can get information about the hottest trends in the popular Texas Holdem Poker game, with strategies and tricks so that you can be a master too. At Gambling Experts your poker skills will be upgraded from being an amateur to being an expert.

windows 7 key

windows 7 key

serial winzip 11

serial winzip 11 key

serial corel draw 11

serial corel draw 11 serials

photo shop key

photo shop key

free corel photoshop download

free corel photoshop download keygen

adobe free

adobe free

winrar password cracker serial

wirar password cracker

winrar 3 download

winrar 3 download freedownload

office 2010 professional key

office 2010 key

download photo shop free

photo shop serial

free winrar download for xp

download winrar for xp for free

cs5 serialz

cs5 serialz free

windows 7 free

windows 7 crack

free corel downloads

free corel downloads cracked

office 2010 free

office 2010 key

key office 2010

office 2010 key

photoshop key

photoshop key

windows key

windows key

corel dvd moviefactory 6

corel dvd moviefactory 6 downloads