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: Ketel Marte, Rodolfo Castro, Aaron Judge, Harold Ramirez, and Christian Arroyo.
Ketel Marte’s hit was 115 MPH which came close to his career-high. Marte was a hot topic for a while due to his struggling bat but in his last 31 plate appearances he is hitting .367 with a 142 wRC+ so it looks like he is finding his swing.
Boy, Tommy Edman just keeps on hitting. Last night he went three for six with three runs, two doubles, two RBI, and four hard-hit balls. Edman is a stud.
For just the second time this season, we have a hitter who had five hard-hit balls in one game! Franchy Cordero was smacking the ball yesterday as he went one for five with a home run and four RBI.
Ji-Man Choi went three for five yesterday with a double and three hard-hit balls! He is now hitting .272 on the season with a .795 OPS.
Would you look at that! Joey Votto is back! Maybe. He had three hard-hit balls yesterday to go along with a solo home run.
Luis Arraez went three for five with one run and three hard-hit balls, he is now hitting .336 on the season but continues to be just an empty average type of fantasy player.
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.
- Sandy Alcantara – 25
- Shane Bieber – 24
- Jose Urquidy – 20
- Zach Eflin – 19
- Nathan Eovaldi – 19
It’s nice to see Jose Urquidy up on this board. He has been an average pitcher so far this season but he still has great movement on his pitches and the 2.9% walk rate is stupendous. This should be a sign of things to come.
Where have these whiffs been all season Eflin?! Don’t look now but Zach Eflin holds a 3.65 ERA in 37 innings with a 2.19 xERA, 2.91 FIP, and 1.14 WHIP. He is inducing a ton of weak contact and his strikeout rate is now up to 23%. In this start, we saw a pitch mix change where he decided to go curveball heavy and throw his fastballs under 50% of the time for just the second time this season. I talked a lot about Eflin being a bargain compared to his ADP and so far he hasn’t let me down. If he is on the wire I would be adding him.
A Cardinal You Aren’t Hearing About
Sure you have heard the names Juan Yepez and Nolan Gorman as of late but have you heard anyone mention Brendan Donovan? Last night he went three for six with a double, two RBI, and three hard-hit balls. In the month of May, he has had 52 plate appearances where he is hitting .350 with a .500 OPS and 204 wRC+. His walk rate is more than his strikeout rate and his plate discipline is exceptional. He isn’t a power bat, he never was, but he can provide you with fantastic average and speed ( he stole 19 bags in the minors in 2021).
A New Ace in Los Angeles
Are we seeing a new Ace emerge in Los Angeles right now? Tony Gonsolin pitched six innings with seven strikeouts against the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday. In his last three starts, Gonsolin owns a 1.59 ERA with a 30.6% strikeout rate likely due to a sudden pitch mix change. He has started to throw his curveball and splitter more which is inducing a lot more strikeouts for him because he is using the slider at more opportune times. Gonsolin has a deep four-pitch mix and while I wouldn’t actually call him an Ace just yet it’s hard to ignore his 1.62 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in his eight starts this season.