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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: Giancarlo Stanton, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Luis Robert, and Rowdy Tellez.

Jesús Aguilar has been seeing the ball well and yesterday he went three for five with a home run and four hard-hit balls. In his last nine starts, he is hitting .387 with a 228 wRC+ and should continue to be a solid option for obtaining RBI.

So yesterday Ben Gamel had four hard-hit balls all over 96 MPH with three coming in over 100 MPH. Gamel holds a lowly 3.6 Barrel% so this looks like a blip on the radar.

I’ll tell ya, Robbie Grossman is really coming along. After yesterday’s two-hit performance with three hard-hit balls, he is hitting .284 on the season. Start stealing more please!

Nolan Arenado continues to be in Fuego as he went two for four with a home run and five RBI last night which also included three hard-hit balls.

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. Austin Gomber – 18
  2. Garrett Whitlock – 17
  3. Lucas Giolito – 16
  4. Zack Wheeler – 16
  5. Tylor Megill – 15

So I think Garrett Whitlock needs to stay in the rotation after last night’s performance. He pitched five innings where he allowed just two runs with nine strikeouts. This was against the Angels as well which is no easy feat. Overall he had 17 whiffs and a 35 CSW%, both of which are elite numbers. As for the season, he has a 1.25 ERA with a 30.9 K-BB% and a 16.3 SwStr%, if you have him rostered you potentially ran into a league-winning pitcher right here.

Dansby Swanson

For those who rostered Dansby Swanson, it was rough going for the first few weeks of the season where he hit just .157 with a 38 wRC+. But we have to remember, this is who Swanson is. He is extremely streaky and will continue to go from hot to cold and cold to hot. In his last 14 starts, Swanson is hitting .333 with a home run, seven RBI, and a 165 wRC+. Continue to hold Swanson because we all know what the end result will be, a .250 average with 25ish home runs and eight steals.

The Kluber of Old?

Corey Kluber enjoyed a nice start against the Athletics last night inducing 10 whiffs, a 33 CSW%, and seven strikeouts in six innings. He now holds a 2.36 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 18.1 K-BB%. Everything looks good here and if you look at his last four starts he has a strikeout rate of 23.5% and a FIP of 2.86. Plain and simple, Kluber is pitching well. If he is on your wire I think he is a solid add especially since he should be able to get you a bunch of wins.

Rowdy Tellez

That’s what I am talking about Tellez! Last night Tellez went four for six with two home runs, a double, and eight RBI. Four of which were included in a grand slam! On the season Tellez has eight home runs in total with a .267 batting average and 167 wRC+. The power looks so legit due to the .347 ISO and 17.5 Barrel%. Tellez can be a power monster this season and he currently ranks eighth in home runs and sixth in RBI. If he is on the wire for one of your leagues go out and get him, especially in this power-hungry atmosphere we are currently experiencing.

Matt Brash

After Matt Brash’s last start we mentioned how he will likely be sent down. Well he wasn’t and the Mariners pitched him against the Houston Astros where he continued to struggle. The stuff is amazing but the walks continue to be a problem. He is not rosterable in 12 team formats moving forward but definitely someone to keep an eye on. Check out his illustrator from last night’s start, a bit all over the place.

Dillon Peters

Matt Williams brought this up on Twitter and it’s true, the Pirates need to put Dillon Peters in their rotation. He reworked some of his pitches and in yesterday’s short outing (they limited him) he induced six whiffs and a 35 CSW%. The sinker/changeup combination has been performing really well and if they finally take the leash off of him he is worth the spec add in deeper formats.

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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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