Exit Velocity Readings
Our top five exit velocity leaders from yesterday are as follows: Giancarlo Stanton, Jarred Kelenic, Sean Murphy, Mike Trout, and Joey Votto.
We had two players reach a career-high in max exit velocity! The first is Jarred Kelenic, it was a laser that hit the foul pole and it was a good example of the power he truly has. Hopefully, he can start to make more contact moving forward. Sean Murphy hit a ball 114 MPH and that was by far the hardest-hit ball of his career. Murphy was a popular pick of mine for drafts so hopefully this means we could be seeing more power from him!
DJ LeMahieu is looking to have a bounceback season and in yesterday’s game, he had three hard hits all over 100 MPH. He is hitting .286 on the season and could be on the rise in that lineup.
So, Eric Hosmer is hitting well right now. Do I trust it? No. But he did have three hard hits last night all over 100 MPH.
Swing and Misses:
Kevin Gausman (21)
Sandy Alcantara (19)
Kyle Gibson (17)
Luis Severino (15)
Walker Buehler (13)
I just want to point out that the point of tracking these is to see outliers. If a lesser-known name starts to pop up often it could mean a breakout is happening.
On The Rebound
Brandon Woodruff had a nice rebound last night after his horrendous first outing. He pitched five clean innings allowing just three hits and one walk. He did finish with just two strikeouts but those will likely start to show up.
I wouldn’t say Gausman had a terrible start in his first outing but it wasn’t on the level we are used to seeing. Last night Gausman looked like the Ace we thought he was as he pitched 5.2 innings allowing two runs while striking out nine. He had 13 whiffs on his splitter and a 39 CSW% (called strikes plus whiffs) overall.
Realmuto Catching Fire
JT Realmuto has been catching fire in his last couple of starts. In the last four games, he is hitting .500 with a .556 OBP, and a 271 wRC+. He even stole a base! Last night he finished going four for four with one run and a walk. Realmuto has always been a high-end catcher and he looks to be in for another great season as long as he stays healthy.
Hunter Dozier’s Plate Discipline
I feel like we keep waiting for Hunter Dozier to finally experience a breakout. His underlying metrics always show better times are ahead but it never seems to happen. So far this season he is hitting pretty well. In just 20 plate appearances he is hitting .316 but what’s interesting so far is the plate discipline. Again small sample but Dozier has a career 26.9 K% and right now his strikeout rate is sitting at just 10%. Dozier is being more aggressive at the plate right now (swing rate is up) and it seems to be working. He is making a lot more contact, specifically in the zone. His Z-Contact% is at 94.7% right now which is elite. Small sample but certainly interesting.
Manny Machado had himself a night. Facing off against the Atlanta Braves Machado went five for six with four runs, one home run, two RBI, and two steals. Talk about stuffing the stat sheet. It looks like Machado will be beating out his stolen base projections. Overall, on the season Machado is hitting .344 with one home run, five RBI, three steals, and a 175 wRC+.
Joe Musgrove has been flat-out dominant so far this season (just two starts, I know). In two starts he has pitched 12.2 innings with a 1.42 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. He has yet to allow a walk while also having a 31.1 K%. His CSW% is currently at 33.7% and his O-Swing rate is at 40%. This means he is creating a lot of swinging strikes and a lot of chases out of the zone. Two good things. Look for Musgrove to continue pitching really well moving forward and if this continues, I may have underestimated him.