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: Ronald Acuna Jr., C.J. Cron, Christian Yelich, Jose Abreu, and Cesar Hernandez.
Tim Anderson just continues to hit as he went three for five yesterday with three hard-hit balls and he is now hitting .330 on the season. I truly think he continues to be undervalued in drafts.
Again we see another game where Christian Yelich has three hard-hit balls and he seems to be on a roll now. Yesterday he went two for five with an RBI and he now has a 13.0% barrel rate as opposed to his 7.6% barrel rate last season.
The young stud Jose Miranda had three hard-hit balls yesterday as he went one for three with a home run and one RBI. Miranda is certainly a tantalizing player but in terms of FAAB I would be a little conservative due to the struggles we have seen with prospects.
Yandy Diaz is now hitting .308 on the season after his two-for-five performance last night where he had three hard-hit balls. They essentially start him every day making him a decent fantasy option.
Are we seeing Jesse Winker waking up right now? He has played well as of late and he went two for five with two doubles and three hard-hit balls yesterday.
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.
- Alex Cobb – 19
- Eric Lauer – 18
- Luis Garcia – 17
- Josh Winder – 16
- Spencer Strider – 12
There is the Alex Cobb we all have grown to love! Cobb had a dominant start against the Cardinals pitching five innings with eight strikeouts. He’s back!
Luis Garcia bumped his cutter usage up to 36% in his start yesterday where he pitch seven innings with nine strikeouts. He typically uses it 24% of the time so this is something to watch has his cutter is just absolutely lethal. Yesterday it had 13 whiffs and if he starts to use it more and more we could see a nice strikeout bump from Garcia.
Let’s talk about Josh Winder. In yesterday’s start, he pitched six innings allowing just three hits and zero earned runs. He also induced eight strikeouts, 16 whiffs, and a 36 CSW%. His fastball touches 94 MPH and he features four pitches in total while leaning heavily on his slider and four-seam. The Twins love to have their pitchers go slider heavy so this makes a ton of sense. He has two starts this season and in both starts, he has eight and seven strikeouts. In those starts, he also had a 15.0 SwStr% and 10.8 SwStr%. The four-seam has decent movement and the slider he places perfectly. I think he is worth an add in every format except for 10-team leagues.
Daulton Varsho has certainly exceeded my expectations so far this season. After last night’s performance where he hit another home run, he has a 264 wRC+, .842 SLG, .474 ISO, and a .364 average in the last seven days. Varsho has certainly displayed his power, hitting six home runs with a 12.3 barrel% this season. If Varsho can reach 20 home runs with 10 steals, something which looks very possible, he will be insanely valuable in fantasy this year. I was out on him this year and he is making me look foolish.