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: Ryan McMahon, Rafael Devers, Bryce Harper, Aledmys Diaz, and J.D. Martinez.
Ryan McMahon hit a ball 111.4 MPH essentially matching his high from last season. So far this season his barrel rate is nearly double but it will likely come down due to his low ISO and low hard-hit rate. I think we still see about 20 home runs from McMahon.
After going homer-less for a while Randal Grichuk has now hit two recent home runs. Yesterday he went one for three with a home run and one RBI as well as two hard-hit balls.
Bo Bichette continues to heat up, yesterday he only went one for four but it came with a grand slam and two hard-hit balls.
Adolis Garcia doesn’t hit for average but when he connects he hits the ball hard. Yesterday he went two for four with four hard-hit balls all over 98 MPH.
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.
- Corbin Burnes – 26
- Max Scherzer – 21
- Kyle Gibson – 17
- Walker Buehler – 14
- Shane Bieber – 13
Burnesd By Whiffs
Corbin Burnes was pitching like a mad man yesterday as he induced 26 whiffs against the San Francisco Giants. He has 16 on the filthy cutter and it helped lead him to 6.2 innings pitched with 11 strikeouts. Burnes might be taking over as the best pitcher in baseball this season.
We had a nice pitching duel yesterday between Nathan Eovaldi and Jose Berrios. Combined they pitched 14 innings with nine strikeouts and each allowed two earned runs. Berrios didn’t have a lot of strikeouts but his 12 whiffs on the day show that he was a bit unlucky. Both pitchers looked fantastic and look like great SP2/SP3’s for the season, much like last year.
And just when we were all about to count out Walker Buehler he pitches a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts. Buehler looked fantastic and while it was a weak opponent it was still great to see. A lot of people were down on Buehler in the offseason so it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.