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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: Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa, Ryan Jeffers, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jazz Chisholm.

Andrew Benintendi continues to have a nice start to his season as he went one for three yesterday with three hard-hit balls.

Jorge Polanco had four hard-hit balls last night, I know he is struggling but keep holding on as he should come around.

With three hard-hit balls, two hits, one home run, and three RBI Gleyber Torres has himself a game. Don’t look now but in his last ten games, he is hitting .344 with a 184 wRC+ and 8.8 K%.

Anytime Austin Riley plays the Mets he should be played in DFS, he absolutely kills them. Last night he had three hard-hit balls with two hits and a home run.

I’m telling you, Randy Arozarena has been horrible but these last few games he is starting to hit the ball well (three hard-hit balls last night) and it looks like he is on the mend.

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. Pablo Lopez – 18
  2. Max Fried – 15
  3. Jordan Montgomery – 13
  4. Patrick Sandoval – 11
  5. Dylan Cease – 11

Saves Around The League

Giovanny Gallegos got the save opportunity in St. Louis and he was able to notch the save with two strikeouts and seven whiffs.

After some time off and a non-save appearance Liam Hendriks came back with a vengeance as he struck out the side to obtain a save against the Angels.

Chad Green notched a save for the Yankees getting two strikeouts.

The Braves looked to Kenley Jansen to close out the Mets and he did successfully grabbing another save on the season.

With Mark Melancon on the IL, the Diamondbacks looked towards Ian Kennedy and although he allowed two base runners he was able to convert the save.

Once again the Astros decided not to go with Neris for a save but Rafael Montero – he was able to close out the ninth.

And so it begins…Jhoan Duran grabbed the save for the Twins last night to notch his first save. Will it stick? We shall see!

Leaderboard Fun

Most hits over 95 MPH:

  1. Rafael Devers – 45
  2. Bo Bichette – 40
  3. Marcell Ozuna – 39
  4. Aaron Judge – 39
  5. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 38

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is interesting here. His Barrel% is only at 5.4% but his exit velocity is up nearly three points compared to last season. He has a ton of hard-hit balls but he just isn’t lifting them to the right launch angle. If he can adjust we could see a nice little power surge here.

Highest Hard-Hit Percentage

  1. Aaron Judge – 66.1%
  2. Yordan Alvarez – 64.2%
  3. Jose Abreu – 59.3%
  4. Austin Riley – 57.6%
  5. Adolis Garcia – 56.7%

Adolis still scares the crap out of me, otherwise, we have the usual suspects here!

Highest Exit Velocity Per Fly Ball Line Drive (FB/LD)

  1. Aaron Judge
  2. Patrick Wisdom
  3. Julio Rodriguez
  4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  5. Austin Riley

It’s certainly interesting seeing Julio Rodriguez here. The problem is his barrels per plate appearance is just atrocious and he isn’t hitting enough line drives or fly balls. If he can lift the ball more we can see more of that power as we saw a couple of days ago. Julio Rodriguez has so much talent and if he doesn’t quite click this season he will be a great buy next season.

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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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