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: Avisail Garcia, Bryce Harper, Joc Pederson, Hunter Renfroe, and Matt Olson.
Avisail Garcia is off to a slow start this season but he did just set a new career-high max exit velocity of 116.8 MPH. Hopefully, things start to turn for the better with Avisail as he is a serious threat with both power and speed.
I know he hits in a platoon but Joc Pederson is seeing the ball well right now. Yesterday he went two for four with three hard-hit balls. He is currently hitting .317 on the season with a .910 OPS. If you are in need of a power bat Joc could be a solid option depending on his matchups.
Akil Baddoo who has been struggling mightily went one for five yesterday with three hard-hit balls all over 95 MPH. Meh.
My boy Willson Contreras had a solid game yesterday going three for five with three runs and three RBI. He also had three hard-hit balls all over 101 MPH. Here comes the power!
Nick Castellanos is doing Nick Castellanos things as hit had three hard-hit balls yesterday and is now hitting .321 on the season. Such a high batting average floor, you have to love it.
Why hello there Jesus Aguilar! Aguilar went two for five yesterday with one RBI and four hard-hit balls, all over 95 MPH. Hopefully, we start to see his name more on this list as he looks to replicate those 93 RBI from last season.
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.
- Frankie Montas (16)
- Tarik Skubal (13)
- Ian Anderson (13)
- Austin Gomber (13)
- Tyler Mahle (12)
Time To Naylor Him Down
Not my best title but whatever. Josh Naylor is back and he is raking. After yesterday’s two for three performance with a home run he is hitting .476 with a 1.214 OPS in six games. He also has a 267 wRC+ and 15.0 Barrel%. Small sample but you can’t go wrong taking a shot here. Naylor could be a hitter who puts up near twenty home runs with a solid batting average.
Rookies Are Heating Up
In his last nine starts, Spencer Torkelson has three home runs, eight RBI, and is hitting .276. In that span, he also holds a 196 wRC+ and .310 ISO while his strikeout rate has dipped to 20%. Torkelson has some serious power potential and it’s nice to see him starting to display it.
It was only a matter of time before Julio Rodriguez would start hitting. He is getting squeezed a ton at the plate and his exceptional plate discipline should start to shine through. In his last six starts, he is hitting .292 with three stolen bases and a 123 wRC+. The strikeout rate has come down by ten points but still sits at 30.8%. It should continue to reduce and he should be just fine moving forward. If you have him rostered I think you can finally breathe.
The Future MVP Is Back!
Byron Buxton is back and boy does it feel great. In yesterday’s game Buxton was extremely disruptive going four for four with three runs, a double, a home run, and two RBI. Future MVP.
Vive La France!
Ty France how ya doing?! France went five for six with three runs, a home run, and five RBI yesterday. He is now hitting .356 with a 1.051 OPS on the season. Oh, and he also had four hard-hit balls yesterday all over 96 MPH. The dude is going to be a stud and I am so glad I have a lot of him.
Time To Celebrate…Again
Joey Gallo got another hit.