pitchers who rake

I read on SI.com today that the MLB is strongly considering letting pitchers participate in the home run derby as early as next year. if you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I am ALL for it. because #fucktheDH. however, it sounded like pitchers would have their own separate competition. where's the fun in that? I say let the hitters hit together, regardless of position. 

so far this season, Arrieta, MadBum, and Syndergaard each have hit 2 home runs. five other pitchers have hit at least one. 

 

image taken from a fangraphs search of pitchers batting stats.

image taken from a fangraphs search of pitchers batting stats.

while pitchers aren't expected to hit with the same consistency as other position players, I find it silly to assume they can't or they shouldn't. batting *is* a part of baseball after all. let em rake!  

"I hit pumps. Ask somebody."  - Jake Arrieta

 

the break is over! the break is over!

there is no fire.