We all need to remember that MLB players are true athletes. With this being the case, some pitchers were the best hitters on their teams in high school, or even college. It is also important to bear in mind that some positional players did not always play there, they also played pitcher.
MLB managers obviously prefer their pitchers to...well...pitch, and their position players to...well...not. It really is that simple.
In some cases, however, managers will send out another player to pitch if the game seems out of reach, or if a staff is depleted and they need someone else to go.
These rare cases have only occurred about 500 times in well over a century of Major League Baseball.
With that being said, let's count down the top 15 pitching performances by position players in history.
NOTE: PLAYERS MUST HAVE PITCHED IN NO MORE THAN 10 GAMES, AND PLAYED AT LEAST 80 PERCENT OF THEIR GAMES IN OTHER POSITIONS TO QUALIFY. THEREFORE, PLAYERS LIKE BABE RUTH AND RICK ANKIEL CANNOT BE ON THIS LIST.