MLB Player Rankings For The Top 25 Starting Pitchers Of 2021 Season

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20. LF AJ Pollock, Los Angeles Dodgers (156.8 points)

Metrics: 19.0 K%, 77.0 Contact%, 47.1 HardHit%, 7.8 Hit/Swing%

Pollock had a disappointing first season with the Dodgers in 2019 after signing a four-year, $55 million deal, but he has produced a 135 OPS+ and 4.0 WAR in 172 games since the start of the 2020 campaign. The .281 hitter has always made a lot of quality contact, with a career high of just 100 strikeouts in 2018.

     

19. 3B Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (163.4 points)

Metrics: 13.3 K%, 87.9 Contact%, 38.1 HardHit%, 5.9 Hit/Swing%

Bregman has multiple seasons with more walks than strikeouts, including a 119-walk, 83-strikeout performance in 2019 when he finished runner-up in AL MVP voting. His numbers have dipped from that peak-level performance, but he still possesses a rare mix of power, contact ability and plate discipline.

    

18. SS Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays (163.5 points)

Metrics: 19.9 K%, 79.8 Contact%, 47.5 HardHit%, 7.3 Hit/Swing%

Despite one of the higher strikeout rates among players ranked in the top 25, Bichette earns the No. 18 spot thanks to his quality of contact and a terrific HitSwing% that shows his free-swinging approach often pays dividends. The 23-year-old led the American League with 191 hits in 2021.

    

16 (tie). SS Corey Seager, Texas Rangers (165.6 points)

Metrics: 16.1 K%, 73.6 Contact%, 49.0 HardHit%, 7.7 Hit/Swing%

Seager has been an elite contact hitter since he hit .308/.365/.512 with 193 hits to win NL Rookie of the Year honors as a 22-year-old in 2016. With a freshly inked $325 million contract, he'll be counted on to anchor the Texas Rangers offensive attack for the next decade.

    

16 (tie). 3B Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians (165.6 points)

Metrics: 13.7 K%, 86.5 Contact%, 42.3 HardHit%, 5.5 Hit/Swing%

With a 12.2 percent strikeout rate for his career, Ramirez is often overlooked as one of the game's premier contact hitters. He had almost as many extra-base hits (73) as he did strikeouts (87) in 2021, despite being the focal point of opposing pitchers' game plans in a thin Cleveland lineup.

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2952756-mlb-skill-rankings-juan-soto-and-baseballs-best-contact-hitters

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