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Ltlabner
10-18-2006, 08:53 AM
Who is the best hitting/most powerfull hitting pitcher you've seen live?

On the Cubs last trip to GABP in 2006 I saw Carlos Zambrano hit a homer to the base of the "power stacks" and it was a total rocket. He's a big fella to begin with but it was a 100% shot.

So of the various pitchers you've seen live who are the ones that stand out either as "power hitters" or, at least, very good hitters.

oneupper
10-18-2006, 08:59 AM
I always thought of Rick Wise, I guess because he threw a no-no and hit two dingers in the same game.

However, I checked his numbers and they aren't that great.

Kinda like Dontrelle Willis, I guess.

SultanOfSwing
10-18-2006, 09:00 AM
Zambrano
C.C. Sabbathia
Rick Ankiel
Mike Hampton
1993 Orel Hershisher (.356 BA)

I didn't see him personally (obviously), but there was a pitcher for the Red Sox, George Ruth. I hear he was a pretty good hitter. ;)

Roy Tucker
10-18-2006, 09:06 AM
Don Drysdale
Bob Gibson
Rick Rhoden
Mike Hampton
Don Robinson
Fernando Valenzuela

And there was that Ruth guy...

Hubba
10-18-2006, 09:13 AM
Don Drysdale
Bob Gibson
Rick Rhoden
Mike Hampton
Don Robinson
Fernando Valenzuela

And there was that Ruth guy...
Roy at your age you should remember Tony Cloninger(spelling):)

cumberlandreds
10-18-2006, 09:30 AM
Don Gullet was a fine hitting pitcher. Babe Ruth was so good he was made an everday player.

redsupport
10-18-2006, 10:55 AM
JOe Edelen
Mel Queen
Scott Terry
Willie Smith Jr.

mound_patrol
10-18-2006, 10:58 AM
I remember Danny Graves Launching a ball deep into the night against the Astros in one of his few at bats, but I dont know what his career stats were.

Milton isn't the worst of hitters.

RedsManRick
10-18-2006, 11:01 AM
I remember watching Mike Hampton hit when I wasn't really paying attention (didn't realize he was up) and I had no idea it was a pitcher at the plate. He ended up stroking a solid single to the opposite field.

SultanOfSwing
10-18-2006, 11:06 AM
Come on, no one has mentioned Arroyo? 2 at bats 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 1.000 BA, 2.000 SLG. That is pretty impressive. And his 4-4 4 RBIs in Houston. :)

redsupport
10-18-2006, 11:07 AM
try gazing at Livan Hernandez' stats

westofyou
10-18-2006, 11:07 AM
Wes Ferrell .797 OPS

Will M
10-18-2006, 11:30 AM
Ken Brett ( George Brett's brother )

didn't he have a lifetime .300 average?

westofyou
10-18-2006, 11:37 AM
Ken Brett ( George Brett's brother )

didn't he have a lifetime .300 average?

Only 2 pitchers who appeared in 200 games/300 at bats have ever hit.300


CAREER
MODERN (1900-)
P
GAMES >= 200

AVERAGE AVG G
1 Jack Bentley .314 210
2 Erv Brame .306 218
3 George Uhle .289 721
4 Johnny Cooney .285 241
5 Red Lucas .283 901
6 Lynn Nelson .281 266
7 Wes Ferrell .280 547
8 Doc Crandall .275 380
9 Jack Scott .275 408
10 Chubby Dean .273 318

All are from prior to 1945, Red Lucas was the Resd best pitcher during the late 20's-early 30's

Here are the best BA for a pitcher since WW2


AVERAGE AVG G
1 Don Newcombe .271 452
2 Ken Brett .262 278
3 Fred Hutchinson .257 322
4 Carl Scheib .253 301
5 Mickey McDermott .252 443
6 Johnny Sain .252 393
7 Mike Hampton .242 380
8 Willard Nixon .242 239
9 Don Larsen .242 477
10 Tommy Byrne .241 364

Chip R
10-18-2006, 11:38 AM
Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine have all been pretty good hitters. Nuxie was pretty fair witht he stick. Catfish Hunter, Steve Carlton and Rick Reuschel were good too. Wasn't Fergie Jenkins supposed to be a good hitter?

Johnny Footstool
10-18-2006, 11:42 AM
try gazing at Livan Hernandez' stats

Yes, he and Jason Marquis are two of the best active hitting pitchers.

redsfan4445
10-18-2006, 11:44 AM
Don Robinson of the Pirates was a outstanding hitter too.. back in the early 80's

HUHUH
10-18-2006, 01:25 PM
Mel Queen

redsupport
10-18-2006, 01:29 PM
already mentioned

HUHUH
10-18-2006, 01:32 PM
I was referring to the other Mel Queen.
Not the one that was already mentioned.

cumberlandreds
10-18-2006, 01:39 PM
Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine have all been pretty good hitters. Nuxie was pretty fair witht he stick. Catfish Hunter, Steve Carlton and Rick Reuschel were good too. Wasn't Fergie Jenkins supposed to be a good hitter?

Jenkins was a very good hitter. IIRC he hit 8 or 9 homers one season.

harangatang
10-18-2006, 07:13 PM
Brooks Kieschnick

RANDY IN INDY
10-18-2006, 07:15 PM
Don Robinson of the Pirates was a outstanding hitter too.. back in the early 80's

My friend, Don Robinson, could rake.

RANDY IN INDY
10-18-2006, 07:15 PM
Nuxhall wasn't a bad hitter, I believe.

mth123
10-18-2006, 08:33 PM
Tony Cloninger for power and Don Robinson overall hitting

Topcat
10-18-2006, 11:07 PM
Don Robinson of the Pirates was a outstanding hitter too.. back in the early 80's

Now Him I remember he was a damn good hitter

Matt700wlw
10-18-2006, 11:09 PM
Well, I was at GABP and saw Arroyo's HR in his first game as a Red...so..

;)

gm
10-19-2006, 07:19 PM
4 Carl Scheib .253 301

His brother Earl went on to paint a whole lot of cars...or not.

IIRC Warren Spahn was known as a good-hitting southpaw

jpurdy974
10-20-2006, 08:45 AM
Warren Spahn didn't hit for much of an average (.194), but he did have 35 career home runs.