From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on December 20, 2018:
Last week, we gave out some year-end MLB Awards to hitters, infielders, and outfielders. This week, we’re specifically rewarding the work of pitchers and catchers. Here are some honors that celebrate their outstanding performance.
The Contact Minimizer
The Contact Minimizer goes to the pitcher who limited hard contact best in 2018. The winner of that honor is Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
Of the batted balls hit against Syndergaard, only 21.9 percent were hard-hit. He was nearly three full percentage points ahead of the next-best starting pitcher, his teammate Zack Wheeler (24.8 percent). Both were better than Jacob deGrom, who placed fifth at 26.6 percent. Not surprisingly, Mets starting pitchers had the lowest hard-hit rate in the majors last season (29 percent).
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Originally published: December 20, 2018. Last Updated: December 20, 2018.