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: Juan Yepez, Christopher Morel, Matt Olson, Vladimir Guerrero, and Willson Contreras.
Juan Yepez’s exit velocity here was 114.4 MPH, the highest of his short career. The issue with Yepez has been playing time due to Tyler O’Neill and Dylan Carlson coming back from injuries.
Before being pulled from the game from injury (which is he supposed to be fine from) Tyler O’Neill went three for four with three hard-hit balls and a double. Since coming back from injury O’Neill has been hitting .354 with two home runs and two stolen bases. This is the Tyler O’Neill we need.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. enjoyed a nice day yesterday as he went one for four with a grand slam and three hard-hit balls.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Victor Reyes went two for five with one run and three hard-hit balls yesterday. Since getting the call on 6/11 he has had 30 plate appearances where he has hit .333 with three runs. Reyes is interesting because if he continues to get playing time and hit on top of that lineup he could end up with a bunch of runs and stolen bases.
Teammates Austin Riley and Matt Olson demolished Kyle Hendricks yesterday. Both hitters had at least two hits and three hard-hit balls as they took advantage of some weak pitching.
Luke Voit went two for four with a double, a home run, and three hard-hit balls yesterday against the Colorado Rockies. Voit continues to be a solid power option with a 15.3 Barrel% on the season.
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.
- Shane Bieber – 19
- Sandy Alcantara – 16
- Chris Bassitt – 13
- Yusei Kikuchi – 13
- Ian Anderson – 12
Just how good has Sandy Alcantara been? In his last seven games, he has allowed just six earned runs in 56.2 innings. That’s a 0.95 ERA which is just insane to have in 56.2 innings. This run that he is on is unfathomable mainly because of how today’s game is played. In these seven starts he pitched at least seven innings in each of them, he pitched eight innings in three of them and pitched nine in two of them. Wild.
In his first 19 games this season, Luis García has had 78 plate appearances and in those appearances, he has managed to hit .360 with two home runs and 10 RBI. While we know we won’t get much power from him his hitting seems legit. His .360 average does come with a .431 BABIP but it also comes with a 143 wRC+, .380 wOBA, .372 OBP, and .878 OPS. Now he won’t give you a lot of power but he does give you some so this isn’t an empty batting average. I think if you have him or need batting average help he can be a solid play.
A Pirates Journey
Holy heck look at Jack Suwinski go! In yesterday’s game, he went three for three with three home runs, three RBI, and three hard-hit balls. In just 162 plate appearances he has now hit 11 home runs with 19 RBI and two stolen bases. His strikeout rate is pretty bad and it’s one reason his batting average suffers but the power seems legit here. He currently has a 14% barrel rate and a 40% hard-hit rate. Suwinski is seeing more and more playing time with the Pirates and he could be extremely useful since he an give you power with a little bit of speed.
A Yankee On Fire
Gleyber Torres has been scorching hot. In yesterday’s game, he went three for five with a home run, three RBI, and four hard-hit balls. If you look over the last two weeks Gleyber hit .361 with three home runs and a 235 wRC+. Among qualified hitters, his wRC+ is second highest in the league within that time frame only behind Byron Buxton. Overall Gleyber has enjoyed a nice bounceback season hitting .267 with 13 home runs, which to note, he has already matched his projections for home runs for the season.
A Returning Dodger
Andrew Heaney made his return from the injured list as he pitched five innings against the Guardians where he was able to rack up seven strikeouts. Those seven strikeouts came with 12 whiffs and a 30% CSW rate making it seem legit. Heaney pitched well before landing on the IL and should continue to be solid moving forward. I just want to note that he 1) continues to only throw two pitches, and 2) has a long injury history. I think if he starts off well here he is a solid trade candidate.