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Striking Differences
JOE SHEEHAN
June 25, 2012
Not everyone is looking to grip and rip at the plate—but there are trade-offs for hitters who buck the current strikeout trend. The players who are the best in the majors at making contact generally hit for decent averages, but draw few walks and hit for minimal power. Here's how the five hitters with the lowest strikeout rates since 2009 (minimum 1,500 plate appearances) have produced.
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June 25, 2012

Striking Differences

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Not everyone is looking to grip and rip at the plate—but there are trade-offs for hitters who buck the current strikeout trend. The players who are the best in the majors at making contact generally hit for decent averages, but draw few walks and hit for minimal power. Here's how the five hitters with the lowest strikeout rates since 2009 (minimum 1,500 plate appearances) have produced.

1. Juan Pierre Dodgers, White Sox, Phillies

K RATE: 6.1% AVG .288 OBP .344 SLG .341

2. Placido Polanco Tigers, Phillies

K RATE: 7.8% AVG .286 OBP .332 SLG .375

3. Alberto Callaspo Royals, Angels

K RATE: 8.2% AVG .281 OBP .338 SLG .397

4. Carlos Lee Astros

K RATE: 8.3% AVG .277 OBP .328 SLG .447

5. A.J. Pierzynski White Sox

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