2019 MLB Draft Guide: Understanding Exit Velocity
One of the most popular MLB statistics to emerge in recent years is exit velocity but most people still don't know what it means or how to use it. Greg Jewett tells you everything you need to know for fantasy baseball purposes.
As analytics in baseball continue to evolve, they’re making a push into the vernacular of not only avid fantasy baseball players, but with new enthusiasts. Terms like spin rate, weighted statistics and the topic today, exit velocity, continue to move to the forefront in analysis along with receiving coverage in telecasts. If one does not understand exit velocity, here’s a primer.
Starting with a definition, according to Statcast, the site which initiates and monitors much of the new analytical data in baseball, exit velocity measures the speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact. It’s tracked for all batted ball events (BBE) including outs, hits and errors.
For hitters, a high exit velocity, ideally at 95 MPH or higher, tends to yield positive results. Of course, former players can attest some of their best batted balls do not translate to hits when their an “at ‘em” ball, but the higher the exit velocity, the better...