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: Julio Rodriguez, Christian Walker, Pete Alonso, Mike Moustakas, Rafael Devers.
Jose Altuve went two for five with two runs, a home run, and four hard-hit balls yesterday. He now has seven home runs on the season and should continue to be a nice power source for your team.
To no shock at all Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went one for four yesterday with three hard-hit balls, all of which were over 96 MPH.
Pretty wild, Aaron Judge hit three balls over 96 MPH yesterday and didn’t get a single hit. He’s such a fantastic hitter.
As Corey Seager continues to try and rebound yesterday he went one for three with two runs and three hard-hit balls. I think he continues to start hitting and a buy-low window seems to be closing.
If only Hunter Dozier could play in Coors field all of the time! Yesterday he went two for five with four hard-hit balls. He continues to hit for average but the rest of his stats seem rather empty. He’s rosterable in 15-team leagues.
Another day where Joc Pederson reminds us of the power he holds as he went one for three with a home run and 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 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.
- Robbie Ray – 27
- Frankie Montas – 22
- Tarik Skubal – 21
- Justin Verlander – 17
- Hunter Greene – 15
A Struggling Riley
Austin Riley has been ice cold lately. In his last ten games, he is hitting just .163 with no home runs, a 35.4 K%, and a 38 wRC+. His plate discipline has not been where it has been. His zone contact and overall contact have both dropped while his SwStr% has risen two and a half points. In this time he also has zero home runs and just one RBI. Clearly, Riley is having issues right now but all players go through ups and downs. I would just keep an eye on this because he has looked horrendous and you want to make sure it doesn’t continue.
Wright Back On Track
After a regression start against the Boston Red Sox where Wright let up six runs in 4.2 innings, he was able to bounce back against the Padres yesterday. he pitched 6.1 innings with nine strikeouts, 14 whiffs, and a 35 CSW%. It was a pleasure to the eyes to see this because it shows that he can bounce back and that his success should continue. Start Wright all of the time and don’t think twice.
A No-Hit Loss
This was wild to watch and I watched the entire game. Hunter Greene dominated the Pirates by pitching 7.1 innings without letting up a single hit. I was actually shocked they let him pitch as deep as they did because he was finished with over 110 pitches for the game. But while Greene didn’t allow a hit he did allow five walks and in the eighth inning the Reds would eventually give up a run via walk. So the Reds lost without giving up a hit. Amazing.
Kwan No More
Steven Kwan has hit major regression and honestly doesn’t even seem rosterable right now. In the month of April, he hit .354 with a 185 wRC+, .146 ISO, and .959 OPS. So far in May, he is hitting .208 with a 75 wRC+, .083 ISO, and .575 OPS. The good news is the strikeout rate hasn’t really budged it actually went down but his walk rate has dropped by five points between the two months. Kwan seemed valuable because you figured he would give you power and speed with average but so far this season he has just one home run and one RBI.
The Amazing Julio Rodriguez
Well, at least one of the Mariners’ prospects is working out. I normally don’t invest in prospects because we all know their growth isn’t linear and they could come up and struggle mightily like what Kelenic is going through. The times I do invest in a prospect is if they have stellar plate discipline or stellar command. Julio exemplifies stellar plate discipline and reminds me a lot of Soto when it comes to that. In yesterday’s game not only did Julio Rodriguez hit a ball 114 MPH but he also went four for four with two runs and a home run. In the month of May Julio Rodriguez is hitting .346 with a 177 wRC+, .912 OPS, and .401 wOBA. He is going to be a fantastic player.