This season, the St. Louis Cardinals have not had a great start.
But Paul Goldschmidt, the current National League MVP, hasn’t been affected by that.
Goldschmidt, who is typically a sluggish starter, is hitting.302 with four home runs, 14 RBI, 29 hits, and a.917 OPS.
In addition, he shares the top spot on a distinguished list with Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees.
According to Statcast, Goldschmidt and Stanton have the greatest average exit velocities this season.
The average exit speed of the two sluggers is 95.9 mph.
MLB.com’s John Denton shared a list of the players with the greatest average exit velocities on Twitter.
Highest avg. exit velocity, 2023, per Statcast:
1-T. Paul Goldschmidt, #STLCards 95.9 mph
1-T. Giancarlo Stanton, NYY 95.9 mph
3. Matt Chapman, TOR 95.7 mph
4-T. MJ Melendez, KC 95.4 mph
4-T. Matt Olson, ATL 95.4 mph
Goldschmidt: Highest avg. exit velo: 92.6 mph in 21
John Denton (@JohnDenton555) April 28, 2023
Stars like Matt Chapman, MJ Melendez, and Matt Olson are also included on the list.
With an average exit velocity of 95.7 mph, Chapman comes in third on the list.
With a speed of 95.4 mph, Melendez and Olson are tied for fourth.
Denton also points out that in the average exit velocity category, Goldschmidt’s previous best score was 92.6 mph from 2021.
Despite the offensive difficulties the Cardinals are having, it is obvious that Goldschmidt is hitting the ball hard and getting some significant hits.
The MVP-caliber seasons of Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, as well as Albert Pujols’ outstanding second half, lifted the Cardinals to a considerable extent last season.
While Arenado has been sluggish to get going, Goldschmidt and rising star Nolan Gorman have been doing quite well for St. Louis.
The Cardinals’ season-opening record of 10-16 is their poorest since 1973.
However, Goldschmidt has been a shining example.