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: Willson Contreras, Matt Olson, Matt Olson, Rafael Devers, and Adolis Garcia.
Max Kepler had four hard-hit balls yesterday with three of them being over 97 MPH. Kepler is having a nice little bounce-back season so far.
Anthony Santander went two for four yesterday with three hard-hit balls, he still remains a solid power option in my eyes.
Here’s a new name for you all, Taylor Trammell went three for four with four RBI and three hard-hit balls yesterday. He also has a home run with a decent barrel rate in a small sample of games.
It looks like Teoscar Hernandez is finally starting to heat up a little bit. Yesterday he went two for four with two doubles, two runs, two RBI, and three hard-hit balls.
Outfielder Mark Canha has been hot and yesterday he went four for five with a double, two RBI, and four hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .307 on the season.
Matt Olson have yourself a day! Not only did he appear twice on our max exit velocity leaders list but he also went four for five with a home run and four RBI.
Austin Riley continues to stay hot, he went two for four yesterday with 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.
- Luis Castillo – 22
- Julio Urias – 18
- Lucas Giolito – 18
- Blake Snell – 15
- Kevin Gausman – 14
Look at these two beasts.
On the season Helsely now sports a 0.51 ERA, 0.45 WHIP, and 40.0% K-BB%. He has three saves and two wins on the season and has yet to allow a home run this season. Helsley is scary good ya’ll.
Andrew Vaughn is finally making it so his devil of a manager cannot keep benching him. Coming into yesterday’s game Andrew Vaughn was hitting .267 with five home runs, a 125 wRC+, and an impressive 91.8% zone contact rate. Yesterday he went four for five with a double, a home run, two RBI, and three hard-hit balls all of which were over 99 MPH. This game rose his batting average to .291 and his OPS to .848.
Alejandro Kirk is having a pretty good season and he doesn’t seem to be talked about much. Yesterday he went three for four with two runs, two home runs, four RBI, and he had three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .304 on the season with a wRC+ well above 100 and a .814 OPS. I know he doesn’t play every day but they have proven that he could be a DH for them at times and I think he starts to see more and more playing time as the season goes on, especially if Danny Jansen starts to struggle.
Luis Castillo had a dominant performance against the Boston Red Sox last night. Before we jump into his line I think it is important to note that his four-seam velocity was up over half of a tick in this start as he sat at 96.4 MPH. This is big because we usually averages 97 MPH and in his first few starts he was sitting under 96 MPH. Now that the velocity is creeping back up towards his career average we are getting vintage Castillo. Yesterday he had 22 whiffs and ten strikeouts in six innings. If you have Castillo rostered right now you should be smiling.