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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: Willson Contreras, Pete Alonso, Julio Rodriguez, Paul Goldschmidt, and Tyler Naquin.

Big man Daniel Vogelbach went two for three yesterday with one home run and three hard-hit balls. Vogelbach has five home runs on the season with a 12.3 Barrel% and .213 ISO making the power seem legit.

Alejandro Kirk went two for four yesterday with a double and three hard-hit balls. He has yet to really get going so hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

The popular draft season catcher Tyler Stephenson has been on fire as of last and after his three for five performance and three hard-hit balls he is hitting .322 on the season.

LaMonte Wade Jr. continues to be a force since coming back from injury. In yesterday’s game he went three for four with three hard-hit balls. He is for sure a must-add in all formats.

The catcher Willson Contreras has been a beast all season and last night he with two for three with three runs and a home run.

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. Shane McClanahan – 24
  2. Nathan Eovaldi – 18
  3. Zach Logue – 15
  4. Sandy Alcantara – 15
  5. Chad Kuhl – 15

So I wasn’t expecting to see Zach Logue here, were you? 15 whiffs are impressive even if it was against the Detroit Tigers. He was able to mix in the whiffs between three pitches with his four-seam, slider, and curveball. He did also get 18 called strikes leading to a 34 CSW%. Logue only throws 90 MPH and in AAA this season he had just a 7.31 K/9. His SwStr% in two starts in the majors is just 10.7%. This looks like a bit of luck in terms of strikeouts but so far he could be a decent ratio play which means he is a solid streaming option against the right teams.

What’s The Deal With Berrios?

So far this season Jose Berrios has a 5.82 ERA and 1.56 WHIp in seven starts. Not good. On the most basic surface level of analytics, his ERA comes with a 7.30 xERA, 5.15 FIP, and 4.71 SIERA. What is most alarming is the drop in strikeout rate. His career average strikeout rate is 23.5% and so far this season that has dropped to just 15.3%. Berrios is using an odd pitch mix where he is featuring his four-seam fastball which he has never done in the past. He typically uses his sinker and curveball more than any other pitch. I’m curious if this is because he hasn’t had a feel for the curveball and has had trouble locating it. The four-seam is so bad though and they have to realize he can’t keep using it. Right now I think you have to play matchups with him until he makes a pitch mix change otherwise it could be a long season for him.

Colin Moran

Colin Moran has been riding hot lately, in his last seven games, he is hitting .259 with four home runs and 13 RBI. The latest power surge comes with a .481 ISP, 191 wRC+, and 1.074 OPS. But what’s most impressive is his barrel% in these seven games sits at 23.8%. I don’t see any major changes here to warrant this type of performance to continue but he is clearly seeing the ball well and getting plenty of playing time. He is not a bad option if you are looking to add a hot hand.

Here Comes Voit

After suffering an injury and landing on the injured list Luke Voit finally made it back to the lineup after having a terrible start to the season. It appears that he perhaps wasn’t healthy to start the season because in his second game back Voit went three for five with two home runs and three hard-hit balls. He is likely available in some of the NFBC leagues and could provide game-changing power. A category everyone could use right now.

Gregory Soto

For the second outing in a row, Soto allowed runs to be scored and he is now sitting on a four ERA for the season. Overall, Soto has not been good. He sits on a 2.5 K-BB% where his strikeout rate is just 20% and his walk rate is 17.5%. His 4.00 ERA comes with a 5.16 SIERA, 6.70 xERA, and 5.12 FIP. I’m not sure how much longer he can last. On the flip side they have Michael Fulmer who has a 1.46 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 3.12 FIP. Fulmer also has a mediocre K-BB% but it’s better than Soto’s and he seems like he is clearly the better pitcher. I feel like they have to make the switch over to Fulmer soon.

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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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