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: Christian Yelich, Byron Buxton, Christian Yelich, Jorge Alfaro, and Bryce Harper.
Look at you Christian Yelich! Yelich went three for five with three runs and a home run in yesterday’s win. He also had three hard-hit balls all of which were over 106 MPH. So far this season Yelich’s barrel rate has taken a nice rebound and so has his launch angle. If he catches a hot streak…lookout.
Willy Adames has been on fire! In his last nine starts before yesterday, he was hitting .278 with a 222 wRC+, five home runs, and 13 RBI. This now means in his last ten starts he has hit seven home runs. Seven.
Put it on the board! Keibert Ruiz has his first home run of the season! He did so by going two for five with four hard-hit balls that were all over 95 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.
- Shohei Ohtani – 29
- Aaron Civale – 16
- Tarik Skubal – 15
- Aaron Nola – 15
- Robbie Ray – 15
It’s interesting we have seen Aaron Civale do this before where he induces a ton of whiffs and gets a good amount of strikeouts. His velocity was up in this one and he used his curveball as his number one pitch, I would keep an eye on this.
Trevor Story continues to struggle this season and after going hitless in four at-bats yesterday he is now hitting .210 on the season with only a .589 OPS. The power looks completely gone and I am honestly a bit worried about the trends I am seeing here. Story’s ISO has been slowly declining for four seasons now as well as his wRC+. I can’t help but feel like he will only hit 15 home runs and steal maybe 10 bases this year which is a problem. The current plate appearances aren’t a large sample but there is enough here to at least be worried.
Ohtani is King
Every time I watch Shohei Ohtani I am in awe, but I am in even more awe over the fact that this dude isn’t the most famous athlete in all of sports. I have never seen anyone like him and I still can’t fathom how talented he truly is. In yesterday’s start, Ohtani finished seven innings with zero earned runs and 11 strikeouts. With those 11 strikeouts came 29 whiffs (hot dang!) and a 46 CSW% (hot dang again). It’s just amazing how good of a pitcher he truly is and I don’t doubt that the hitting will come along soon which means we could be seeing another MVP season in the making.
Austin Hays has been playing well for the Baltimore Orioles and in yesterday’s contest, he went two for four with a home run and three hard-hit balls. He is currently hitting .278 on the season with a 131 wRC+, .347 wOBA, and .353 OBP. He is hitting the ball harder than he did last season and he is also making a lot more contact in the zone. Hays isn’t going to win you leagues but I think 20 home runs with about five to six stolen bases is possible and that’s pretty useful. I think he is a good bench piece to use for certain matchups and a solid last outfielder in deeper formats.