MLB Advanced Analytics: Changes in Exit Velocity
Mike Alexander takes a look at hitters who have recently had a jump in exit velocity and what it means for fantasy purposes.
The second half of the baseball season is humming along. We have a solid base of at-bats to look for in-season risers and fallers. Exit velocity makes a great study for examining who’s been hot in the last ten days. September is the critical point for many fantasy teams. These statcast numbers can hopefully help you navigate.
In the chart below you see exit velocity broken out for games prior to 8/10 and then the last ten days, along with the change in each. These guys are tattooing the ball at the moment.
Max Muncy has been underrated all season just because he hasn’t gone a tear the way he did in 2018. He’s been producing and hitting the ball plenty hard.
If Jackie Bradley Jr. finds his swing he’s capable of going on a heater. I’d rather stash him on my bench than leave him on the wire for an opponent.