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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: Yordan Alvarez, Yandy Diaz, Patrick Wisdom, Yordan Alvarez, and Mike Zunino.

Bryce Harper went two for four with two runs, a double, a home run, four RBI, and three hard-hit balls. He is now hitting .309 on the season with a .998 OPS.

Big man Gary Sanchez went two for five with two runs, a home run, two RBI, and three hard-hit balls yesterday. Since May 1st Gary has had a barrel rate of 19.8% and a hard-hit rate of 56.8%. Damn.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went one for four with three hard-hit balls, maybe this can get him going?

Andrew Vaughn continues to hit the ball well as he went three for five with two runs, two doubles, and three hard-hit balls.

Third baseman Yandy Diaz went two for three with one run and three hard-hit balls. In his last ten games, he is hitting .346 with three home runs and a .541 OBP.

Yordan Alvarez continues to be a monster as he went three for four yesterday with a triple, a home run, and four hard-hit balls. He is becoming the best hitter in baseball.

It’s nice to see Kolten Wong getting back on here. He went two for five with two home runs, three RBI, and three hard-hit balls.

Boston Red Sox Francy Cordero continues to smash the ball as he went one for four with a home run, three RBI, and 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.

  1. Charlie Morton – 18
  2. Jordan Montgomery – 16
  3. Frankie Montas – 16
  4. Julio Urias – 15
  5. Luis Castillo – 14

Monty Hall

I feel like Jordan Montgomery is having a fantastic season but no one is talking about it. Through 11 starts he has pitched 59.2 innings with a 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts. Now the 19.4% strikeout rate isn’t anything to be excited about, especially since he had a 24.5% strikeout rate last season. But Montgomery has been unlucky in that category and his strikeout rate should start to normalize. In his last seven starts, he has a 20% strikeout rate which only calls for about a 10% SwStr%. Well, his SwStr% in those seven starts was 14.2% which means his strikeout rate should have been near 30%. Expect more of the same from Montgomery in terms of ratios but expect to see a pleasant uptick in strikeouts.

A New Fish In The Water

Braxton Garrett got the call-up after Elieser Hernandez was sent down for being absolutely brutal over the first two months of baseball. Garrett labored through 3.1 innings giving up four earned runs but he did obtain five strikeouts. It also can’t be easy starting your season off by facing the San Francisco Giants. Garrett is usually a command guy but he had no feel for his slider yesterday.

I will say, the nine whiffs and 18 called strikes aren’t bad considering it was only through 3.1 innings. And while the slider was all over the place he did still get five whiffs on the pitch. If you look at Garrett’s AAA numbers he is more of a 15% K-BB% type of pitcher who can hopefully give you a solid ERA. In other words, nothing to be too excited about right now. Let’s see how he does in his second start.

Rockie on Fire

Brendan Rodgers has been on fire lately. Coming into yesterday’s game in his last ten games Rodgers was hitting .341 with four home runs, eight RBI, and had a .341 ISO. In this time frame he increased his launch angle slightly, swung in the zone more, and it resulted in his barrel rate rising from his season average of 10.1% to 14.7%. And then we have yesterday where he went three for five with two runs, a double, a home run, three RBI, and three hard-hit balls. Rodgers is making some moves and while some of these starts were in Coors it’s intriguing to see him starting to improve.

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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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