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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: Jorge Soler, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Sam Hilliard, Luis Robert, and Austin Riley.

Jorge Soler hit a missile off of Matt Brash for a home run at 117.6 MPH. It wasn’t his career-high but it was super close.

So Sam Hilliard hit a ball 115.1 MPH setting a new career-high. He still weirdly has zero barrels but I would expect that to change very soon. He definitely has some power potential.

Jake “The Rake” Cronenworth had two hits in four at-bats in yesterday’s game where he had three hard-hit balls and a home run. Cronentworth is heating up in his last six games as he is hitting .320 with a 196 wRC+.

Coming back after a couple of days off Ryan Mountcastle had himself quite the game. He went two for four with a home run and four hard-hit balls all over 99 MPH. Expect Mountcastle to start bouncing back for your fantasy teams.

The hard-hitting third baseman Matt Chapman had three hard-hit balls yesterday plus one home run with two RBI. Chapman’s batting average has been better than last season and the power will always be there so I think he is still aligned to have a nice season.

Anthony Rendon went two for four with two doubles and three hard-hit balls yesterday. Rendon has been struggling this season but he now has five hits in his last four games so hopefully, it is a sign of things to come.

Back from the IL Jonathan India has hit well since his return and in yesterday’s three-hit performance he had four hard-hit balls. India will be just fine folks!

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.

  1. Jose Urquidy – 16
  2. Lucas Giolito – 15
  3. Dylan Bundy – 15
  4. Hunter Greene – 13
  5. Tylor Megill – 12

Dylan Bundy did indeed have 15 whiffs but he was finally exposed by the Rays giving up six runs in six innings. He can’t rely on the sub 90 MPH fastball like he was and be successful. Start throwing the slider more, please!

A Brash Decision

Matt Brash made some noise when he joined the Mariners rotation with his wiffleball-like pitches and high strikeout upside. Unfortunately in 17 innings he has a 6.88 ERA and has struggled tremendously. The main issue with Brash is his command. He struggles to hit the zone and hitters are laying off his breaking pitches. He has immense talent but a send down might be in order.

The Ward Experience

Taylor Ward is on another planet right now and it’s hard to deny that this in fact is real. This season he is hitting .404 with five home runs and 13 RBI. He has a 288 wRC+, .426 ISO, and an 18.9 barrel rate. So the power is real. He also has above-average plate discipline and contact rates meaning the batting average looks real. The dude seems legit.

Bradish’s Debut

Kyle Bradish made his Orioles debut yesterday against the Red Sox offense. He was able to get through six innings while allowing just two earned runs and one home run. He only had two strikeouts and nine whiffs but he painted the corners well and showed off solid command. I think there is another level here in terms of strikeouts and I think Bradish is an intriguing waiver wire option.

Maikel Franco

This entire first month of baseball I have continued to say, ride Franco while he is hot because it always fizzles out. Well…I still think I am right. Franco has been hitting really well but his wRC+, ISO, and barrel rate all scream mediocrity. I will say though, for the first time this season a hitter had five hard-hit balls in a game and that was Maikel Franco yesterday.

Meet The Mets

The New York Mets pitched a no-hitter yesterday against the Philadelphia Phillies! The combined effort by Tylor Megill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, and Edwin Diaz was phenomenal to see and I couldn’t be happier to see it. This Mets team just feels different and as a pessimistic Mets fan, I am starting to become optimistic. Which truly means something.

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Michael Simione

Michael Simione

Michael Simione is the owner of He started the blog based on a Twitter account he created back in 2018. He specializes in pitching as well as streaming pitchers. He most importantly is a die-hard Mets fan.

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