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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 Zunino, Max Kepler, Bryce Harper, Enrique Hernandez, and Joc Pederson.

Jose Iglesias is actually enjoying a nice season, yesterday he went two for four with a double and three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .311 on the season.

For me, Frank Schwindel was a popular hitter to stream this week and he has performed really well already. Yesterday he went three for five with three runs, two home runs, and three hard-hit balls.

I don’t think anyone is hitting better than Mookie Betts right now. Yesterday he went three for four with two home runs, four RBI, and three hard-hit balls.

For just the second time this season a hitter had five hard-hit balls in one game and that hitter is Bryce Harper. He went three for five yesterday with one home run and four RBI.

Ozzie Albies who has cooled off a bit could be heating up again because yesterday he went three for three with two runs and three hard-hit balls.

If he is still on your wire I would suggest adding Danny Jansen because when he plays he can hit for power. Yesterday he went two for five with two home runs and four hard-hit balls. Three of which were over 100 MPH.

Speaking of catchers, Mitch Garver decided to pop his head up as he went two for four with a home run and three hard-hit balls.

Rookie MJ Melendez went two for four yesterday with a home run, three RBI, and four hard-hit balls.

I think for the first time ever we have a player with six hard-hit balls. Joc Pederson went wild yesterday against the Mets going four for six with three runs, three home runs, eight RBI, and six hard-hit balls. Holy crap! I’m so glad I left the one share I have of him on my bench in NFBC.

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.

  1. Kevin Gausman – 23
  2. Pablo Lopez – 21
  3. Dane Dunning – 15
  4. Blake Snell – 15
  5. Kyle Gibson – 15

A Young Pirate

The much-anticipated call-up of Roansy Contreras finally happened and he was blessed with an easy start against the Colorado Rockies. He pitched five innings where he allowed zero earned runs with five strikeouts. He was able to induce 10 whiffs and 15 called strikes leading to a 30.0% CSW rate. A solid number. He was able to obtain whiffs with both his four-seam and slider while the curveball was used to induce weak contact. Roansy is certainly intriguing but I really want to see his curveball take a step forward before I buy into the hype.

Red On Fire

I’m not sure who is paying attention but Tyler Naquin is on a hot streak. Before coming into yesterday’s game Naquin was hitting .286 with two home runs, 11 RBI, one stolen base, and a 133 wRC+ in the month of May. Naquin is basically taking a more aggressive approach at the plate by swinging more on pitches on the inside of the zone. In return his contact rate has dipped a little but it is clearly working. Yesterday he went three for five with a home run and an RBI against the Cubs further tacking on to his impressive May. The caveat here is that Naquin is much better against right-handed pitchers so keep that in mind.

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Michael Simione

Michael Simione

Michael Simione is the owner of He started the blog based on a Twitter account he created back in 2018. He specializes in pitching as well as streaming pitchers. He most importantly is a die-hard Mets fan.

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