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: Shohei Ohtani, Giancarlo Stanton, Jorge Soler, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Jorge Soler.
Good ole’ Ji-Man Choi is making his first appearance here. He went one for three with a double and three hard-hit balls in yesterday’s game. Choi actually has a 146 wRC+, 17.1 Barrel%, and .801 OPS on the season, looking pretty decent so far.
Boy, Jazz Chisholm looks so good this season and I am upset I don’t have more shares. After yesterday’s game where he went three for five with three hard-hit balls, he is now hitting .303 with a .926 OPS on the season.
J.D. Martinez went two for four with a double, a run, an RBI, and three hard-hit balls in yesterday’s game. He just continues to hit really well.
Backup/part-time catcher Yan Gomes had himself a game where he went three for five with a run and a double. He also had three hard-hit balls but that doesn’t mean he is worth adding.
The king of hitting, Mike Trout, went one for four yesterday with four hard-hit balls all of which were over 102 MPH. Wow.
Here’s a fun one, Andrew Velasquez had four hard-hit balls yesterday all of which were over 95 MPH. Nothing to see here.
Ryan McMahon went two for five with a home run and three hard-hit balls in Coors yesterday. When the Rockies are in Coors McMahon is a must-start.
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.
- Freddy Peralta – 16
- Luis Severino – 15
- Jon Gray – 15
- Alex Faedo – 14
- Chris Flexen – 14
Alex Faedo is a bit interesting to see here, he had 14 whiffs and nine called strikes overall with eight of those whiffs coming from his slider. Overall the slider has had a high SwStr% and high O-Swing% meaning it is a true whiff pitch and a good one at that. The issue has been his four-seam because he struggles to locate it at times and gives up hard contact. I think he is a solid matchup play but not much more than that.
I feel like it is slowly becoming a staple to start literally any pitcher against the Tigers. Corey Kluber was struggling a bit to start the season, especially after his blowup against the Angels, and he flat-out dominated the Tigers. He pitched six innings where he amassed eight strikeouts and 14 whiffs. Start everyone against the Tigers!
Hitters Who Are Finally Coming Around
The struggling Jorge Soler had himself a decent game yesterday. Soler was heating up coming into this game hitting three home runs in the last five games and yesterday he went two for five with two RBI. I think this is a sign of things to come and Soler might finally start showing up. Oh, and he had three hard-hit balls all over 110 MPH (!!!).
Talking about hitters who are finally coming around Josh Donaldson has finally started to hit as well. Yesterday he went three for four with a run, a home run, an RBI, and three hard-hit balls. In his last ten games, he is now hitting .316 with three home runs and eight RBI. Those stats also come with a 197 wRC+ and .289 ISO. It’s a long-season folks and this is why we must be patient!
If you want to talk about early-round draft picks, Bo Bichette was struggling big time in the first month of the season. After going three for five with a home run yesterday in the month of May Bichette is hitting .304 with two home runs and eight RBI as well as a 152 wRC+. Bichette should be just fine.
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of Whit Merrifield answering your prayers. After yesterday’s two for three performance Whit is now hitting .400 in his last seven games with two home runs and two stolen bases. I still feel like Whit will fall short of the expectations of his fantasy managers but we all knew he couldn’t be this bad.
In yesterday’s game, Avisail Garcia went two for four with a home run and two RBI. After hitting just .194 in April he is now hitting .255 in May, but in his last ten games, he is hitting .316 with two home runs, a stolen base, a 140 wRC+, and a .824 OPS. During this time he also has dropped his strikeout rate by over ten points. Garcia was a solid buy-low but that window is likely shut.
I know we all like to joke about Wade Miley because of his inevitable late-season meltdowns. Here’s the thing, since 2019 he has pitched 354.2 innings to a 3.73 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Yes, the WHIP stinks but his ERA comes with ERA metrics that support the high ERA. Even if he ends up being a high four ERA pitcher he is worth the add for deep leagues. Play the matchups and he will be super useful. Yesterday in his debut he pitched seven innings where he allowed just one hit and struck out six hitters.