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: Trevor Larnach, Austin Riley, Austin Riley, Bryce Harper, and Harold Ramirez.
Coming out of nowhere, Cal Mitchell went two for five with a double, RBI, and four hard-hit balls. In AAA this season Mitchell hit .306 with a 128 wRC+, five home runs, and six stolen bases. He’s someone who does a little bit of everything and if he keeps getting playing time he could be useful in deeper formats.
I feel like I keep mentioning Carlos Correa in here, he again had three hard-hit balls with two hits in five plate appearances.
Francisco Lindor continues to stay hot as he goes two for four with a double, home run, RBI, and three hard-hit balls.
Oh look another day and another Aaron Judge mention! Judge went one for four with a double and three hard-hit balls.
It’s fascinating that Bryce Harper continues to be one of the best players with his arm injury. Yesterday he went four for five with two doubles and three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .318 on the season with a 1.001 OPS.
Holy crap we have a Marcus Semien sighting! Yesterday he went two for four with a triple, RBI, and three hard-hit balls. Hopefully, that first home run of the season is on its way!
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.
- Robbie Ray – 24
- Cristian Javier – 20
- Lucas Giolito – 17
- Dylan Bundy – 14
- Yu Darvish – 13
Robbie Ray is so weird. 24 whiffs are insane as well as his current strikeout rate in his last four starts (37.8%). Ray has been a strikeout machine in his last four starts but he also holds a 5.32 ERA. Why? Because the walks are back. In his last four starts, he has eight walks. It looks like old Robbie Ray is back, something many of us have feared.
A Piece Of Felt
Ryan Feltner, what the heck! Against the Pirates, he pitched five innings allowing two earned runs with seven strikeouts. Yes, seven strikeouts against a Pirates team that isn’t great but they make a lot of contact. This start came with 11 whiffs, six from the fastball, and a 26 CSW%. The start came with an 11.1 SwStr% so the strikeouts seem a bit lucky but his velocity was up 2.3 MPH on his four-seam making this an interesting start. Unfortunately, he does pitch for Colorado but I think it’s something to watch.
Yesterday Harold Castro went three for four with two home runs and three hard-hit balls. On the season he is hitting .301 with a 134 wRC+, .310 xBA, 6.7 Barrel%, and 9.6 SwStr%. Now the barrel rate isn’t great but it is double what he did last year and he is making a ton of more contact. Last season he had three home runs in 339 plate appearances and he now has three in just 76. I feel like maybe he gets to double-digit home runs with a good average? Not groundbreaking but if you are in a 15-team league and need someone with a solid average perhaps he’s a decent play? He hasn’t played every day but they hit him second yesterday and maybe he can see more playing time with their struggling offense. Okay, way too much time was spent on Harold Castro.
Joey Votto is back! Well…maybe. Yesterday Votto went two for three with one run, a triple, one home run, and three RBI. Since coming back from his Covid stint he is hitting .316 with two home runs three runs and six RBI. What’s key in these six games is the fact that he has a 237 wRC+, 17.4 K%, a 53.3 Hardhit%, and a 1.277 OPS. This is what you expect to get from Votto so hopefully it continues.
Duck To A Swan
If you have played fantasy baseball or watched baseball for the last few seasons you know all about Dansby Swanson’s hot streaks. Yesterday he went four for five with two runs, a home run, two RBI, and he had three hard-hit balls. Since May first Swanson has five home runs, 16 RBI, 15 runs, four stolen bases, and is hitting .316. This is who Swanson is, he comes with peaks and valleys. Much like his valley in April where he hit .216 with one home run. So enjoy this peak while it lasts!