Originally Posted by dougdirt
Jay Bruce is not a hacker. Brandon Phillips is a hacker.
Jay Bruce struggles at times to make contact, but he generally doesn't chase pitches out of the zone. Guys that swing at everything (Phillips), are hackers.
*O-Swing%(The percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone)
- Votto: 21.0%, Choo: 22.3%, Bruce: 29.1%, Cozart: 31.0%, Fraizer: 32.1%, Phillips: 38.1% (League average: 30.5%)
You're right. But, when considering his ability to contact the ball, a little better discipline, if not the level of Votto and Choo, is needed
*Contact%(The overall percentage of a batter makes contact with when swinging the bat)
- Cozart: 81.9%, Votto: 79.9%, Choo: 79.7%, Phillips: 79.4%, Fraizer: 76.2%, Bruce: 71.6% (League average: 79.7%)