Exit Velocity Readings
Why are exit velocity readings important? It’s a proven fact that the harder a hitter hits the ball the better the outcome. Of course, there is a bit more to it than that, like launch angle, but overall it is an important metric to look at. Max exit velocity is also important to look at because it tends to show the power output a hitter can have. This is why we track both of these stats every day in this article.
Your top max exit velocity readings from yesterday, in order: Marcell Ozuna, C.J. Cron, Freddie Freeman, Christian Walker, and Jose Ramirez.
Andrew Vaughn needs to be in the White Sox lineup every single day. Yesterday he hit three balls over 102 MPH, he has a ton of power, and he currently has a 1.008 OPS. Play him!
Is Johan Camargo good all of a sudden? In 36 plate appearances this season he is hitting .382 with one home run and a 173 wRC+. Yesterday, he hit four hard-hit balls all over 98 MPH. Interesting, very interesting.
We are still waiting for Randal Grichuk to hit a home run but it’s okay because he is hitting the ball really well. Yesterday he went two for four with two runs and had three hard-hit balls all over 101 MPH.
Seth Beer had four hard-hit balls all over 96 MPH and with a .438 batting average and 1.111 OPS on the season, Beer could be emerging as a fantasy-relevant option.
Swings and Misses:
Why are swings and misses important? For pitchers, this can show their talent since the best pitchers in the world always have a knack for creating whiffs. The higher the whiff rate, the higher the strikeout rate. It’s also important to view this every day so we can spot outliers. If an unusual name pops up on the list it could mean one of two things, either they are evolving as a pitcher or they just had a lucky day. If it is the former this could help you catch emerging pitchers before anyone else does.
- Shohei Ohtani (20)
- Carlos Rodon (19)
- Brandon Woodruff (18)
- Shane Bieber (17)
- Zach Eflin (16)
I think Eflin is interesting here. He has struggled this season and I started to back off because I wasn’t seeing his usual swing and miss capabilities. This is refreshing to see though and maybe Eflin can turn it around.
Hello Starting Pitching
Brandon Woodruff looks to be back to his old self as he pitched six innings with nine strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sure, it was against the Pirates but it still counts and you expect your Aces to do this when facing them. He looks like he is well on his way towards another great season!
There is the Mitch Keller we have all been looking for! Keller pitched 5.1 innings allowing just one earned run while striking out seven hitters. The big stat here is the fact that he gave up zero walks. Check out his plot.
That’s a lot of pitches inside the zone. Yes, it looks like a lot of middle-middle but he is kind of going the Robbie Ray route here. Color me intrigued and I would be adding him if someone dropped him because if this continues it could be something.
Shane Bieber had another good start yesterday against the Chicago White Sox. I finally got to watch him and I must say he looked pretty good. The fastball velocity is still down but he did generate 17 whiffs and a 35 CSW%. If it’s working it’s working so maybe we don’t need to worry?
Tony Gonsolin was finally allowed to pitch an entire game as he went six innings where he allowed just one hit. The three strikeouts aren’t great but they should increase over time. I really like Gonsolin moving forward, he pitches for a great franchise and has good movement on his pitches.
MacKenzie Gore dominated the weak Reds lineup pitching five innings while allowing zero earned runs. He also had seven strikeouts, 11 whiffs, and a 28% CSW rate. I think Gore sticks in the rotation and Nick Martinez gets the boot once Snell and Clevinger are back.
Jordan Lyles had an impressive start against the Oakland Athletics pitching five innings with six strikeouts and zero earned runs. He also had an impressive 11 whiffs and 31 CSW% but do we truly believe this could be Lyles moving forward? Na. He only saw four whiffs from his slider and he lacks a true swing and miss breaking pitch.
Sandy Alcantara is having a fantastic start to the season and last night it continued. He pitched eight innings with six strikeouts and 13 whiffs. People really bought into Sandy for the improved strikeout rate we saw at the end of last season. We haven’t seen it yet. It’s still early but this is what I was afraid of and why I couldn’t put him into my top ten.
Carlos Rodon decimated the Mets and I don’t really want to discuss it too much. He had eight strikeouts in five innings, yay.
In a previous What You Need To Know, I brought up Triston McKenzie and Merrill Kelly. I said that they both need to keep their velocity up to be successful, they have done it before but they have always struggled to be consistent. Last night Triston McKenzie’s fastball velocity dropped down to 91.5 MPH. It definitely wasn’t warm out yesterday but it’s still something notable because he only lasted 4.1 innings with four walks and only four strikeouts. Merrill Kelly had another great start yesterday but I am a bit worried. I could be wrong here but I keep seeing his velocity come down with every start and I’m afraid we will start to see the old Merrill Kelly again. Tread carefully.
Marcell Ozuna has been on fire to start the season and he could end up being a draft-day steal. This season Ozuna has hit four home runs with nine RBI and is hitting .291. He also sports a .291 ISO and 16.7 Barrel%. Ozuna could be a great power source for the season and he doesn’t exactly hurt you in batting average making him a true four-category producer. I don’t think we see a 2017 season from him but 30 home runs with a .270ish average is certainly possible.
Shohei The King
Shohei Ohtani is on another level and it’s crazy how good he truly is. At the plate, Ohtani went two for four with a double and two RBI. He is hitting .236 on the season but has recently picked up the pace. He was also on the mound. He pitched six innings, allowed one hit, and had 12 strikeouts. Ohtani had a perfect game through five innings and only had thrown like 50 pitches. It was a truly dominant performance against a very good offense. His 20 whiffs are wild but 15 coming from the slider is even wilder. Ohtani is must-watch television every time he plays and we truly could be watching history as every season goes by.
There are three hitters, who are all fantasy-relevant, who play for the Yankees, and who are really struggling. Gleyber Torres is hitting .143 with just a 44 wRC+ and 7.1 Barrel%. He has one home run on the season as well as just one run and two RBI. Josh Donaldson (who I love) is also struggling big time where he is only hitting .174 with a 64 wRC+. When you hear Donaldson you expect power but he has just one home run and a lowly 3.4% barrel rate. Joey Gallo might be the worst of them all. He is hitting just .121 with a 27 wRC+ and a .121 slugging rate. That’s not even the worst of it. He has zero home runs, zero runs, and zero RBI. The Yankees need these three hitters to start hitting and so do fantasy managers.