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, Willson Contreras, Austin Riley, William Contreras, and Garrett Cooper.
Amed Rosario went two for five yesterday with four hard-hit balls, all of which were above 102 MPH. Impressive.
Here comes Nolan Arenado again, he went three for four with two runs, a home run, three RBI, and four hard-hit balls.
A catcher on the rise, William Contreras, went three for five yesterday with two double and three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .302 with a 1.094 OPS on the season.
Cedric Mullins went two for five yesterday with three hard-hit balls, a double, and one RBI. I think Mullins is one hot streak away from becoming 2021 Cedric Mullins.
Good ole’ Jace Peterson went three for four yesterday with a triple, one RBI, and three hard-hit balls. Jace is a nice speed play if you need steals.
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.
- Jeffrey Springs – 20
- Edward Cabrera – 17
- Konnor Pilkington – 17
- Robbie Ray – 16
- Hunter Greene – 15
Hunter Greene topped out at 101.4 MPH yesterday and his 100 MPH a million times. The dude is an enigma and if he can put it all together he will be scary.
Konnor Pilkington’s start was super interesting as he pitched five innings while totaling eight strikeouts. The eight strikeouts came with an impressive 17 whiffs and 35 CSW%. Is this for real? The Royals are a really bad offense right now but Pilkington did have a ton of whiffs and his velocity on his fastball was up 1.7 MPH. I want to say it is real but not at the same time if that makes sense. He has solid velocity separation between his fastball and changeup but the fact that he threw his four-seam 60% of the time is a bit worrisome. At the same time, it was that good where he was able to get eight whiffs and 14 called strikes on it. I feel like I am in a tug of war with him. I think I would add in deeper formats and see what happens.
Springing Into Action
Yesterday Jeffrey Springs pitched five innings where he allowed two earned runs while striking out seven hitters. This start came with 20 whiffs and a 31 CSW% and 17 of those whiffs came from his four-seam fastball and changeup. Springs has a solid three-pitch mix and in his last four starts he holds a 25% strikeout rate, 12.6 SwStr%, and 2.21 ERA. Springs looks legit and I really like his stuff, the only caveat is the fact that the Rays will limit him. He only pitched 44.2 innings last year so I feel like we can only expect 100ish from him for the season.
A New Fish In The Water
Edward Cabrera made his season debut in Colorado. A recipe for disaster right? Wrong. He pitched six innings where he allowed just one hit while striking out nine hitters. His changeup was straight-up filthy inducing 10 whiffs, a 45% whiff rate, and a 43 CSW%. Overall Cabrera finished with 17 whiffs and a 43 CSW% making this start more legit than ever. Cabrera throws high 90’s and features four pitches making for a deep arsenal. He had a 31.7% strikeout rate in AAA this season and in the past has taken tips from Sandy Alcantara. I hope he stays in the rotation because if he does, he is a must-add in all formats.
I tried to tell ya’ll that Willson Contreras was the catcher to get this season because of his sellout for power! He has an 11.9 Barrel%, 58.7% Hard hit rate, and 93.7 EV. He has eight home runs on the season and the weather is only getting warmer. He could definitely reach 25-30 home runs while tacking on five stolen bases. Oh, and he is hitting .271 on the season with a BABIP slightly below his career average. I wasn’t expecting the average but I will obviously take it.