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: Julio Rodríguez, Byron Buxton, Austin Riley, Joey Galle, and Joc Pederson.
Seeing Julio Rodríguez here two days in a row is a welcomed surprise. He is starting to accumulate the hits and has been stealing bags consistently. The power should start coming around now as well.
We mentioned Joc Pederson yesterday and he is back today as he had four hard-hit balls yesterday to go along with two home runs. Joc is a great power play this week as he faces a ton of right-handed pitching.
Gio Urshela continues to hit well in the five spot for the Twins. Yesterday he went two for three with four hard-hit balls all over 96 MPH. Urshela has cut his strikeout rate by over 12 points and he has doubled his walk rate. He’s looking pretty darn good right now.
We discussed Ty France at length in yesterday’s article and he responds by going three for five with another home run in yesterday’s game. He had four hard-hit balls all over 97 MPH. Dude is a stud.
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.
- Shane McClanahan (21)
- Jesus Luzardo (18)
- Eric Lauer (17)
- Lucas Gioltio (17)
- Bryce Elder (15)
Oh okay Eric Lauer, hello to you too! Eric Lauer dominated the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday as he pitched six innings with 13 strikeouts. Lauer’s velocity sat at 94 MPH and he has now raised the velocity on his fastball three straight seasons in a row. This start was so legit as he racked up 17 whiffs with a 36 CSW%. He has never been a high strikeout pitcher so I think we need to see it again but by all means, add him everywhere.
Seeing Bryce Elder here is interesting but it seems like a blip. Most of his whiffs came from his slider but overall he only had a 26 CSW%. On the other hand, he did have a 14.6 SwStr%. If he pops up again I will be intrigued but for now, leave him on the wire.
Gerrit Cole looked like Gerrit Cole again and it was amazing to watch. Against the red-hot Guardians lineup, he pitched 6.2 innings without allowing one earned run all while striking out nine batters. He had 14 whiffs overall, six coming from the fastball, and a 36 CSW%. Cole had a rough start but everyone likes to see results instantly when that isn’t always the case. Be patient, trust your off-season prep, and let’s address the struggles in a month. Cole still has work to do before we can calm our nerves but this was a good step in the right direction.
Shane McClanahan finished his day throwing seven innings with seven strikeouts and two earned runs. He had an impressive 21 whiffs with 16 of them coming from his four-seam and changeup. Last season Shane’s biggest issue was his four-seam command, when he left it over the middle he was letting up home runs. Here is his plot from yesterday:
It’s not the worst but not the best either. He is still missing middle-middle and I would like to see him bring it up in the zone more. I think we will see McClanahan be an elite pitcher the majority of the time but he will certainly have those head-scratching starts as well if this isn’t fixed
Chad Kuhl pitched six innings allowing just one earned run with four strikeouts leaving him with a 1.10 ERA on the season. A few people have asked me if it is legit. It’s kind of hard to say honestly. He had 15 whiffs yesterday which is fantastic and he went slider heavy which he hasn’t done in the past. On the other hand, he is a Colorado Rockies pitcher. I think I would stay away from it.
After letting up three runs in the first three innings Logan Webb settled down and was able to finish with a quality start. It wasn’t exactly a dominant start but it was nice to see him bounce back.
He was at it again! Jesus Luzardo finished the day with five innings pitched and eight strikeouts. His curveball was fantastic as it had 11 whiffs and five called strikes completely befuddling opposing hitters. Luzardo looks to be finally breaking out here and anyone who took a shot on him, kudos to you.
Nick Lodolo had a nice outing against the Cardinals as he completed 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts. He allowed just one run and zero walks. He still struggles with command at times but at least his control was a little better here. He is definitely a young exciting arm to watch.
Lucas Giolito came back from the injured list and pitched pretty darn well! He was limited to four innings but did rack up nine strikeouts, 17 whiffs, and a 36 CSW%. It’s good to see him back and he should be dominant the rest of the way.
The baby GOAT Tylor Megill had a nice bounceback start yesterday pitching 6.2 innings with two earned runs and seven strikeouts. It was an easy opponent in the Diamondbacks but it’s still nice to see. It’s officially Tylor Megill season people!
Robbie Ray pitched another good start yesterday lowering his season ERA to 3.91. What’s most important, once again, is the walks and he walked just one hitter.
It looks like DJ LeMahieu might be back folks. He lead off yesterday going three for four with a double, a home run, and three RBI. On the season he is hitting .333 with a 179 wRC+ and .354 expected batting average. It looks like the news reports were true, DJLM was playing with an injury last season and that’s why he wasn’t himself. Is it early still? Sure. But he has a long history of hitting well so this could easily continue.
Hosmer Keeps Hitting
Eric Hosmer continues to keep hitting. Last night he went two for three with one run and is now hitting .375 on the season. Hosmer typically has a decent average, the real question is the power. Can we see a power resurgence? No. His ISO is just .107, his barrel rate is a putrid 2.2%, and his hard-hit rate is just 41.3%. Not great. Leave him on the wire and don’t fall for the hot start.