contact hitter

noun

Definition of contact hitter

: a hitter in baseball who seldom strikes out

Examples of contact hitter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Cubs could use at least one high-ceiling major-league-ready pitching prospect and a top-notch contact hitter, for starters. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs Q&A: Which big-name player is most likely to be traded? Would they consider a 4-man rotation?," 17 Nov. 2019 The Minnesota Twins and the Houston Astros, both leading their divisions, also have slugging contact hitters and present similar problems. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Yankees Are Expecting Success, Injuries or Not," 5 Aug. 2019 The contact hitter has been far more selective at the plate, not only balking at more pitches outside the strike zone but being more selective on pitches in the zone. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Margot ascending, probably in order, too; Munoz ready, firing," 18 July 2019 The last of his career-high four walks Saturday was intentional, but the others required him to lay off pitches the 24-year-old contact hitter simply has seemed incapable of for so much of his career. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Manuel Margot finally tightening zone, flying on bases for Padres," 14 July 2019 Nunez, meanwhile, fits the mold the Marlins have been looking for during their rebuild — defensive-minded, athletic, quick and an above-average contact hitter. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "In an effort to balance their farm system, Marlins prioritize bats early in MLB Draft," 4 June 2019 Jose Altuve Pros: Best contact hitter in the league. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Who is the second best player in Major League Baseball?," 26 Apr. 2018 Moore arrived in 2006 and finally hit on the winning formula for a team with a modest payroll and a spacious park: contact hitters, slick defenders, dominant relievers and short-term No. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "After Reviving the Royals, Hosmer and Cain Try to Spark Other Teams," 5 Mar. 2018 Key returning starters include senior SS/2B Jackson Loftin and 2B/SS Diego Davilla up the middle, two of the best contact hitters. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball: Klein Collins aims for 6th straight district title," 2 Mar. 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Contact hitter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contact%20hitter. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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