Rounding Third: Exploring Hitter Statcast Data
Rounding Third: Exploring Hitter Statcast Data

This article is part of our Rounding Third series.

Last week we took a short excursion through Baseball Savant to explore Pitcher Exit Velocity and Hard Hit Percentage, and I've spent more time this spring exploring advanced pitcher metrics and data than I've done with hitters. So this week I thought I'd go the opposite route and look at some of the leaders and trailers among the batters, and see what I can discover. I don't really have a hypothesis of what I'm looking for – there's no Kyle Hendricks or Trevor Williams inspiring this dive. But I'm hoping to glean a few nuggets on the journey. Please come join me.

Exit Velocity Leaders & Trailers

Last week I limited the discussion to previous seasons, but with two weeks in the books I thought I'd take a quick perusal over what has happened so far this season, before narrowing my search to players with a higher sample size last year. For this year, I set the qualifying level of 25 batted ball events (BBE). There are 134 qualified hitters entering Tuesday, with a range of 95.9 mph (Cody Bellinger) to 77.5 mph (Ender Inciarte). Here are the exit velocity leaders:

BATTERBBEEXIT VELOCITY
Cody Bellinger

40 

95.9           

Christian Yelich

35 

95.4           

Yoan Moncada

29 

95.0           

Josh Bell

27 

94.8           

Mike Trout

27 

94.5           

Carlos Santana

28 

94.1  

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