WHAT IS EXIT VELOCITY?

Directly from MLB.com.

“Exit Velocity is defined as the speed of a baseball after it is hit by a batter. This includes all Batted Ball Events -- outs, hits and errors.”

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

We’ve long known that the harder you hit the ball, the more likely it is that you will attain a base hit. This if over the course of weeks, months etc. It may not matter for a couple of games, but over the course of the season if a guy hits the ball hard, he should produce a lot of hits. If a player doesn’t produce despite hitting the ball hard, then you have yourself a guy who is primed for a big-time rebound the following season.

*Unless otherwise noted, there are 190 batted ball events as a minimum for each of the categories below.

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY – BATTERS

Here are the men who produced the hardest average hit baseball in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson Cruz hit the ball harder than anyone...

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