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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. 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, Ronald Acuna Jr., Jorge Soler, Aaron Judge, and Bobby Dalbec.

In Detroit’s first game of the day, Javier Baez went just one for five but did have four hard-hit balls all over 96 MPH.

Justin Turner finally turned it on yesterday when he went four for five with three doubles, four RBI, and three hard-hit balls. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.

Getting a start in yesterday’s game, J.D. Davis had four hard-hit balls with all of them coming in over 100 MPH. If he starts to see playing time he could be an interesting add in fantasy leagues, but they have a ton of depth there so it’s unlikely.

Aaron Judge went two for five in yesterday’s game with a home run and three hard-hit balls. Judge is a hard contact machine.

Corey Seager had himself a day with two home runs, two RBI, and three hard-hit balls. Seager has been hitting well lately and hopefully, he has stopped trying to force things to happen.

So…Chad Wallach had four hard-hit balls yesterday. Yea.

Eric Hosmer just continues to hit and hit and hit. He went two for four with three hard-hit balls and one RBI.

Rhys Hoskins seems to finally be waking up as he hit another home run yesterday to go along with three hard-hit balls.

The rookie Alek Thomas went two for four yesterday with two RBI and three hard-hit balls. Thomas should get consistent playing time and is someone who can do a little bit of everything.

Coming back from injury LaMonte Wade Jr. has been seeing the ball really well. He did go hitless yesterday but he did have four 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 essential 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. This could help you catch emerging pitchers before anyone else does if it is the former.

  1. Robbie Ray – 21
  2. Martin Perez – 20
  3. Alex Faedo – 17
  4. Brad Keller – 17
  5. Kyle Bradish – 14

Alex Faedo was not someone who I expected to see on this list today! Faedo pitched five innings where he allowed two runs while inducing seven strikeouts. Obtaining 17 whiffs in five innings isn’t easy but it was against the Oakland Athletics. He has shown strikeout upside in the minors and he really showcased his slider in this start as it had 10 whiffs alone with a 46 CSW%. Tough to say if I would buy into this but if he gets another start against a weak team, why not?

Kyle Bradish had himself a heck of a game yesterday. He pitched seven innings where he obtained 11 strikeouts. He also had 14 whiffs and a 41 CSW% as he got 23 called strikes with 13 of them coming from his four-seam fastball. I said in a previous article that the strikeouts were coming but I didn’t think it would come like this. I do think there is some luck here with all of the called strikes but Bradish is definitely worth a waiver wire add.

Tony Gonsolin

I don’t really hear anyone talk about Tony Gonsolin and it is somewhat baffling to me. On the season in five starts, Gonsolin held a 1.64 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Then last night he goes out and pitches five innings allowing no earned runs while inducing five strikeouts. Sure he is boring and only holds a 20% strikeout rate (which isn’t bad) but the dude continues to put up solid ratios. There seems to be some BABIP luck here but he relies on inducing weak contact and so far this season he has allowed just one barrel. It’s no wonder his xERA is under 2.50. On top of that Gonsolin has a deep four-pitch mix that he utilizes very well, he seems to be slightly undervalued right now.

Anthony Santander

In last night’s game, Anthony Santander went three for five with a double, an RBI, and four hard-hit balls. So far this season Santander isn’t having a noticeable season but I think it could be coming. He is displaying an above-average OBP, wRC+, xwOBA, OPS, and contact rate. His max exit velocity is right near his career average and I think if he can just catch a hot streak he could really showcase his ability to hit. Time will tell, but he seems to be a decent wire add or buy-low and if it doesn’t happen in the next few weeks it wouldn’t have really cost you anything.

Josh Naylor

Josh Naylor is just ripping the ball right now. After a two-home run performance on Monday, he hit another home run yesterday to go along with three hard-hit balls. On the SP Streamer podcast, Lauren and I discusses him a little bit and we both agreed that this seems like just a hot streak. His barrel rate isn’t very high and his hard-hit numbers aren’t anything to brag about. Naylor definitely brings some power to the table with 20 home run upside but I wouldn’t expect more. Think a poor mans Trey Mancini.

The Weirdest No-Hitter

I’ll admit it! I was fast asleep while this was happening. Sadly. But I did get to watch highlights and Reid Detmers pitched a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays as he worked his way through nine innings not allowing a single hit and striking out just two hitters. Overall he only had 10 whiffs and a 25 CSW% so it’s not like he dominated the start. There were 25 batted balls in play so this seems like a ton of BABIP luck. But hey, he did it, and congratulations to Detmers what an awesome achievement.

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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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