As the first half rolls along and we get a solid base of at-bats for a more significant sample we can start to look for in-season risers and fallers. Exit velocity and barrel% make a great tandem for examining who’s been hot for the last ten days. May is a turning point for many fantasy teams. These statcast numbers can hopefully help you get some clarity on how to proceed.

In the chart below you see exit velocity and barrel% broken out for games prior to 5/5 and then the last ten days, along with the change in each. Note an #N/A just means they haven’t hit a barrel in the sample, which isn’t uncommon.

Brandon Dixon is obviously smoking hot. I doubt he’s a full season contributor but if you have a need he’s a decent MI add short term. Robinson Chirinos has been feasting on weaker pitching so don’t go overboard for him. If he was dropped in a format where you need a catcher (who doesn’t) he’s a good option against lefties.Speaking of catcher needs, Jason Castro is a...