One thing that comes out of writing this blog is that I make myself learn things. I knew that the DH is used extensively in the minor leagues, but I didn't exactly know the rules for it. Now I do. The DH is used exclusively in A and rookie league ball. The DH is only used at AA and AAA if one or both of the teams is an American League team. So, pitchers get no game experience as hitters until AA, and then it is still somewhat limited. With that said, I wanted to see if we had any pitchers who can hit.
BA through 8/19 for top hitting pitchers:
.353 in 17 AB - Ross Seaton (CC) - see more below
.250 in 12 AB - Lucas Harrell (OKC)
.238 in 21 AB - Andy Van Hekken (OKC)
J.A. Happ is hitting .333 but that's only based on 3 AB. Lyles, before he was promoted, was hitting .300 in 10 AB.
Ross Seaton is a bit of a stud at the plate. In 17 AB's, he has 6H, 3R, 1-2B, 1HR, 5RBI and a SLG% of .588. If he keeps that up, he can certainly help himself whenever he starts.