Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
IWeak contact is less likely to get through the infield or become a base hit. So Stubbs would see some balls that would have been hits in the past that are now fielded for an out. Now consider also that making contact more frequently means you are less likely to walk (you can't walk if you hit the ball). More frequent but weaker contact can result in the same OBP as less frequent but harder contact. Weaker contact will definitely result in a much lower SLG than hard contact.
Good answer. Let's take a different hypothetical.
Take Drew Stubbs with his 166 Ks. Compare him to a different hitter, Batter X.
Batter X is identical to Stubbs in every way, same approach, same results, except he makes more contact. He strikes out only 83 times and makes contact and hits a fair ball an additional 83 times.
IMO, Batter X will have better overall numbers than Drew. IMO, an identical hitter making more contact will do better.
I'd prefer Batter X as a hitter to Drew Stubbs. It's kind of obvious but feel free to disagree. I'm moving on to other things.