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, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Aaron Judge, Luis Robert, and Nathaniel Lowe.
José Abreu knocked in two runs in the first White Sox game of the day while also hitting three hard-hit balls. He is hitting just .211 on the season with an 89 wRC+ and 9.6 Barrel%. Not great.
In the second game for the Royals, we saw MJ Melendez display his power as he hit a home run as well as three hard-hit balls. All of which were over 98 MPH!
Tommy Pham had only one hit yesterday but he did have three hard-hit balls, two of which were over 104.5 MPH.
Kevin Kiermaier had himself a game going three for four with a home run, two runs, and four hard-hit balls. There isn’t much here other than him having a good game. Those piercing eyes though.
Oh, look another day where Aaron Judge pops up on my radar. Yesterday Judge went four for five with a double, two home runs, and four hard-hit balls. The dude is on fire.
Here is another powerful force, Yordan Alvarez went two for four yesterday with four hard-hit balls as well.
Interestingly enough, Alex Verdugo had four hard-hit balls yesterday, all over 96 MPH. Hopefully, Verdugo can get things going.
This is only the second game from Tommy La Stella but he has shown up big in his first two games, yesterday he went three for five 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.
- JT Brubaker – 19
- Dylan Cease – 19
- Brady Singer – 18
- Shane McClanahan – 18
- Logan Gilbert – 16
Sure JT Brubaker had 19 whiffs and ten strikeouts on the day but he still let up four earned runs in 5.2 innings. All of his whiffs came from his slider and while it was nice to see him through it a ton I would like to see more from his sinker and four-seam fastball.
Thoughts on Brady Singer
Brady Singer came in against the White Sox and absolutely mopped the floor with them. He pitched seven shutout innings while tallying an impressive nine strikeouts, 19 whiffs, and a 43 CSW%. So what do we make of this fantastic start from Singer? Out of the 18 whiffs, 16 came from one pitch, the slider. He threw the slider 42% of the time and it looked fantastic. As you can see by the results it clearly worked. The problem I have is that the slider was always a great pitch, it was always the sinker and changeup that gave him issues. Neither has changed in terms of movement or and the sinker has only budged a little in terms of velocity. I think he still looks like a one-pitch pitcher and he is going to be super inconsistent at times so I wouldn’t be running to the wire to add him.
Christian Walker Is Emerging
We have discussed in the past that Christian Walker’s underlying metrics were showing that power was coming. Well, yesterday the Diamondbacks had a doubleheader against the Dodgers and Walker hit two home runs. But what’s super intriguing is Walker’s month of May. While we are only 18 days in so far in May he has hit .321 with five home runs and 11 RBI. This comes with an 11.9 Barrel%, 52.4% hard-hit rate, and a 204 wRC+. Yea, Walker is finally seeing results and is a must-add in all formats.
Appreciating Shane McClanahan
Shane McClanahan has been insanely good to start the season and it makes me proud that I rated him a lot higher than most in their rankings. Through eight starts McClanahan has a 2.33 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP, but what’s most impressive is his 36.7 K% and 17.4 SwStr%. He is virtually untouchable right now as it’s rare to see a pitcher with three seriously good breaking balls plus a fastball that is thrown over 97 MPH.