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Cameron Maybin – Non-contact Hitter?

About a week ago I discussed how Curtis Granderson could improve a bit just by striking out 20 fewer times, which kind of goes along with how important it can be to make contact.  You strike out, nothing happens.  If you put the ball in play, you never know how the ball could drop.  You also have the chance of moving runners over.

That’s why I found an interesting stat in this Baseball America column (sorry, sub. only) that lists the best and worst minor league players at certain things.  Near the very bottom of the “making contact” list was Cameron Maybin.  He made contact with the ball only 70%, and that was the second worst mark.  Cause for concern?  Maybe, but I’d feel more worried if Maybin wasn’t sandwiched between two other top prospects.  The worst contact percentage was Angels top prospect Brandon Wood at 68% and coming in at third is White Sox high end prospect Josh Fields at 71%.

Regardless, it’s definitely something Maybin can improve on.  With his speed, by cutting down on his strikeout total by say 10, he can probably pick up three more hits.

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