Exit Velocity Readings
Shohei Ohtani had the highest exit velocity reading of the day at 119.1 MPH which is .1 MPH higher than his career-high. The power is legit people. There were two other players on the leaderboard who both appeared twice, Giancarlo Stanton (shocker) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Vlad hit a ball 117.9 MPH trumping his highest exit velocity reading from last season.
Michael Chavis has been hot out of the gate hitting for a .500 average. Last night he had three batted balls over 97.3 MPH.
Jazz Chisholm hit the crap out of the ball yesterday as he had three hits over 97.6 MPH and two over them over 106 MPH.
Swings and Misses
Your swings and misses leaders in order were Hunter Greene (14), Freddy Peralta (13), Bailey Ober (13), Erick Fedde (12), and Steven Matz (12). Hunter Greene’s final box score wasn’t the greatest but he certainly impressed against the formidable Atlanta Braves offense. In five innings he accumulated seven strikeouts. His four-seam induced eight whiffs and averaged an impressive 99.7 MPH. Great stuff from the rookie.
The Vaughn Show
Andrew Vaughn is working hard to force Tony La Russa to start him every day. In his first three games, Vaughn is hitting .400 with two home runs and six RBI. To have some fun and dive even deeper, Vaughn currently has a 295 wRC+, .600 ISO, 1.000 SLG, a 20.0% Barrel rate, and a .614 wOBA. Vaughn has some serious potential and it’s really just a matter of playing time for him. Come on Tony!
Even More Blow-Ups
Ian Anderson took on the Cincinnati Red and lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed five earned runs. Nothing was working for Anderson as his changeup and curveball weren’t getting whiffs, but most notably his four-seam was down 1.4 MPH. Keep a watch on this because it could be rough going if this continues for Anderson.
Hyun Jin Ryu had the pleasure of facing the Rangers’ new offense and he lasted just 3.1 innings while allowing six earned runs. Ryu wasn’t doing much of anything in this start but I would still hold on for now.
Steven Matz got hit hard against the Pittsburgh Pirates as he lasted just three innings with seven earned runs. At least he got you five strikeouts *shrug* I wouldn’t be too reactive to this.
I wouldn’t consider this a blow-up but more so a disappointment. Freddy Peralta lasted just four innings against the Cubs letting up three earned runs and walking four batters. What is going on in Milwaukee?!
No One Is Safe In Coors
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ first series was in Colorado and their first three pitchers were Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, and Tony Gonsolin. Two Aces and an above-average pitcher right? Well the three of them combined for just 10 innings pitched, a 7.20 K/9, and a 5.40 ERA. Don’t start your pitchers in Coors.
Seiya Suzuki hit his first major league home run! He has been hitting well in his first three games with a .375 average, 253 wRC+, and 40% barrel rate. Numbers are fun early on! If you want to know more about Suzuki I highly suggest you read this article written by Drew Wheeler.
Saves Around The League
Tanner Rainey notched his first save against the New York Mets and was able to stay in control which is a key factor to his value.
Art Warren finally got his first save but I would note that Santillan did face the heart of the lineup in the eighth inning.
Josh Hader finally got his first save, dude is just special.
Ty Blach got a save but it was a fluky one, don’t buy into this.
Gabe Kapler loves to toy with the fantasy baseball community as he let Dominic Leon get a save yesterday.
Ryan Pressly grabbed his second save of the season.
Jake Diekman got a shot for the Red Sox and grabbed his first save for the season as Matt Barnes tries to figure out whatever he is trying to figure out.
Urshela was traded to the Twins from the Yankees during spring training and maybe new scenery is just what he needed? He continues to hit cleanup for the Twins behind some really good hitters like Buxton, Correa, and Polanco. And so far, he has been producing. In two games he is hitting .400 with a 306 wRC+ and one home run. Just two games, sure, but if he continues to hit he can provide a ton of value in that lineup spot.
Alcala seems to be on a lot of people’s radar when it comes to the Twins bullpen. He is a super talented pitcher and those who think skill-sets rise to the top are in love with him. Alcala was called upon in yesterday’s game and was able to pitch a clean inning, but what I noticed was his velocity. Now don’t get me wrong I love myself some Alcala but I can’t help to think this is a bit worrisome.