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: Franchy Cordero, Luis Robert, Oneil Cruz, Travis d’Arnaud, and Austin Riley.
Franchy Cordero hit this ball 117.9 MPH and that is a new high for him this season. After a hot start, Cordero has cooled off big time hitting just .146 with a 47 wRC+. Hopefully, this can get him going.
Dansby Swanson went one for four yesterday with a double and three hard-hit balls. He is enjoying a really nice season hitting .293 with a .827 OPS. We all wait patiently as the inevitable should happen soon, Swanson going ice-cold for two weeks.
Fresh off of the injured list Tim Anderson lead off and went two for five with a run and four hard-hit balls. It’s nice to have him back!
His teammate Luis Robert also had two hits in the game with a home run and four hard-hit balls. Three of which were over 100 MPH.
Andrew Benintendi actually hit a home run! He went two for four yesterday with one home run, two RBI, and three hard-hit balls. Unfortunately, he has been nothing but empty batting average this 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.
- Trevor Rogers – 24
- Corbin Burnes – 20
- David Peterson – 19
- Gerrit Cole – 19
- Shane McClanahan – 16
David Peterson pitched 5.1 innings allowing zero earned runs while strikeout out seven hitters. The 19 whiffs are impressive with nine of those coming from his lethal slider. The lesson learned here is 1) Peterson is a solid streaming option and 2) stream left-handed pitchers against the Marlins because they cannot hit them this year.
In the same game, everyone sat on the edge of their seats to see if we could catch a glimpse of the 2021 Trevor Rogers that we have yet to see this season. Rogers went five innings allowing three runs but he did get seven strikeouts against a tough offense. Plus as you can see above he was the leader in whiffs for the day. I think this was a step in the right direction.
A Royal Night
Last night Kris Bubic pitched through six innings allowing just two runs while amassing seven strikeouts against the Angels. Now the Angels haven’t been good offensively as of late due to injuries and perhaps overperforming to start the season. Last night they had Matt Duffy hitting cleanup…yea. But, Bubic did induce 14 whiffs and did finish with a 34 CSW%. He got six whiffs from each of his four-seam and changeup with two coming from his curveball. He did throw three pitches which is nice and he did experience a slight uptick in velocity. I’m not buying this fully due to the hard contact the changeup got when a hitter connected but it’s something to watch for his next start.
A Webb Of Strikeouts
I may have mentioned this in the past but a lot of people were worried about Logan Webb and his lack of strikeouts earlier this season. In his last five starts before last night, he held a 3.26 ERA with a 28.1 K% and 1.05 WHIP. Last night he pitched seven innings where he accumulated seven strikeouts. Yea Webb will be just fine and his strikeouts are finally back. Keep in mind when a pitcher relies on a changeup the strikeouts can be up and down because they are meant for inducing weak contact not necessarily whiffs.
I know Kendall Graveman did not get the save chance last night but he did face the heart of the lineup so he will likely get most of the save opportunities from the White Sox.
Oneil Cruz finally got the call after demolishing AAA ball over the last couple of weeks. Yesterday he showed how exciting of a player he can be by going two for five with four runs and two RBI. I mean just look at this:
3 innings into his 2022 debut, @Pirates‘ Oneil Cruz has registered:
🏴☠️The hardest throw by an infielder in @MLB this year (96.7 mph)
🏴☠️The hardest hit ball of the year by a Pirate (112.9)
🏴☠️The 3 fastest sprint speeds of the year by a Pirate (31.5, 30.7, 30.3) pic.twitter.com/nScTK5mD4A
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 21, 2022