Zack Greinke: Professional hitter

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Zack Greinke with a bat in his hands has been productive this season.
Zack Greinke with a bat in his hands has been productive this season. (USATSI)

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Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke went 2-for-2 with a double Saturday night against the Nationals, meaning he's now hitting a robust .406/.486/.469 on the season.

Greinke has only had 39 plate appearances this season, so obviously the likelihood of him continuing to put up these kinds of offensive numbers is very low -- he entered the season a career .170/.191/.302 hitter, after all -- but here's a look at the company he could join.

The following charts the only pitchers in baseball history -- or rather, since 1916, as that's the furthest back the data goes -- who hit over .400 in at least 30 at-bats. We'll throw in Greinke for comparison's sake.

Thanks to baseball-reference.com's outstanding play index, as usual.

Pitchers over .400 in a season
PitcherYearAt-batsAVGOBPSLG
Jack Bentley192389.427.446.573
Walter Johnson192597.433.455.577
Carl Mays192732.406.406.594
Hal McKain193031.419.486.710
Jim Tobin193734.441.500.559
Luis Tiant197032.406.424.531
Allen Watson199536.417.447.528
Zack Greinke201332.406.486.469
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