I know the fourth player in the batting order is known as the cleanup hitter, also known as the cleanup spot and in modern baseball is almost always one of the best hitters on the team.

At about 1′13″ into the video linked below, the announcer says

that's a pretty good number nine hitter

Does 9th hitter in baseball mean something special? The link starts at 1′8″.

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No. The ninth hitter is usually the worst hitter in the lineup. The announcer was just saying that their worst hitter was “pretty good”.

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    I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re usually the worst hitter anymore; many teams play eighth as their worst. But otherwise agree!
    – Joe
    Commented Dec 27, 2020 at 2:18

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