Exit Velocity Readings
Why are exit velocity readings critical? It’s proven 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: Mike Trout, Jesus Sanchez, C.J. Cron, Seth Brown, and Ramon Laureano.
Austin Riley is finally returning to form after a rough couple of weeks. Last night he went two for five with a home run, three RBI, and three hard-hit balls.
Riley’s teammate who has also been hitting as of late, Dansby Swanson had three hard-hit balls yesterday.
Tyrone Taylor went two for five yesterday with three hard-hit balls. Taylor has been seeing some playing time but in the month of May, he is hitting just .233 with only one stolen base.
Another game in Coors Field means another day where Ryan McMahon is hitting the ball hard. He went two for four with three hard-hit balls yesterday.
Carlos Correa comes back from the injured list, get two hits, three hard-hit balls, and scores two runs. Welcome back!
Michael Brantley had three hard-hit balls yesterday and continues to do Michael Brantley things, hit for average.
Coming into the season we talked about Matt Chapman becoming Joey Gallo Jr. and so far it looks like that is happening. After going one for four yesterday with three hard-hit balls Chapman is hitting just .185 on the season.
Pete Alonso continues to be a beast this season as he went two for four yesterday with a home run, four RBI, 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 to 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.
- Corbin Burnes – 20
- Drew Rasmussen – 20
- Nick Pivetta – 19
- Zack Wheeler – 19
- Josiah Gray – 18
On The Hunt
Quietly Hunter Renfroe has been one of the hottest hitters in the league over the last three weeks. Since April 29th he is hitting .288 with seven home runs and 11 RBI. In this time frame, he has dropped his strikeout rate by over six points while also upping his zone contact and becoming more aggressive overall. Doing so has resulted in a 169 wRC+, .975 OPS, and .364 ISO. Looks like Hunter Renfroe will be duplicating his 2021 season.
Logan Webb pitched a great game yesterday against the Rockies in Colorado, thankfully because I pitched him in several leagues! He lasted seven innings while tallying six strikeouts. A lot of people, especially in the discord, have asked me what’s Webb’s deal? He has good ratios but where are the strikeouts? To them, I answered that it’s two things. One is that he is throwing his changeup a ton, changeups are meant for weak contact, not strikeouts. And the other reason is just bad luck, SwStr% and K% go hand in hand and his 10.6 SwStr% called for a 22% strikeout rate while his current rate is only 17.0%. I also realized that Webb’s velocity was down and inconsistent. It started the season at 92.6 MPH then dipped as low as 90.9 MPH but has now gotten back up to 92.6 MPH. That certainly matters since he averaged 92.8 MPH last season on his sinker. Keep an eye on it but the rebound is nice to see and the strikeouts should start to come.
A Hitting Machine
Ty France has been a hitting machine this season. On the season he is hitting .325 with 14 multi-hit games, one of which he went five for six. The impressive batting average comes from great plate discipline as he holds a 9.9% strikeout rate, a 6.9 SwStr%, and a 95.7 zone contact rate all of which are well above-average. Just to put the icing on the cake, his .325 average comes with a .319 xBA. He is legit and can give you power as well, our Discord members know that we loved him coming into the season and so far it has panned out.
The Chicago White Sox
As you all know I track exit velocity every day to put notes about players in this article. I’m pretty confident for the first time this season a team had four hitters in one game who had three hard-hit balls each. The White Sox did it against Zack Greinke and the Royals as Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal, and AJ Pollock all had three hard-hit balls each. With that said, let’s talk about Yasmani Grandal. He has been struggling big time this season as he is hitting just .177 with only two home runs and a 65 wRC+. His power has just disappeared as his Barrel% and Hard Hit% are both down dramatically from last season. I think Grandal comes around though. His BABIP of .202 is extremely unlucky, his launch angle is the same, his flyball rate is the same, and he is actually making more contact inside the zone than last season. Most of all, his HR/FB rate of 5.4% is just flat-out way out of his career norm. We should start to see Grandal hit for power soon.