An action in baseball taken by a batter in which the batter assumes a bunting position prior to the pitcher delivering a pitch.
The strategy behind showing a bunt is to force the infield defense to shift positions to field a potential bunt. The batter may or may not actually be intending to bunt the baseball, depending on the situation. When a pitcher who is at bat shows bunt early, the defense typically assumes there is a bunt call, provided there are runners present on any base. Some hitters will show bunt even if they intend to swing, in an effort to shift the defense away from fielding the ball. Showing bunt is a favored tactic with many batters who are speed threats, as they often have success bunting for a base hit, causing defenses to take them seriously.