Statcast is a system that Major League Baseball uses in which various stats get recorded in a seemingly convenient way. It may not be 100 percent accurate, but there are times where it could give a pretty solid estimate. It tracks things such as exit velocity, home run distance and more. This piece will look into some home runs that were recorded by Statcast. More specifically, here is the furthest home run of each MLB season since 2015 according to Statcast.
2015: Kris Bryant (495 Feet)
The Diamondbacks were ahead of the Cubs 1-0 in the fifth inning of a September afternoon game at Wrigley Field. That’s when Kris Bryant hit a towering homer off Rubby De La Rosa to tie the game at one. It hit more than halfway up the left-center field scoreboard, and Stacast recorded the ball to have a 111.5 MPH exit velocity. A video of that dinger can be found here.
2016: Giancarlo Stanton (504 Feet)
One of the three 500-plus foot home runs that Statcast has recorded came off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton in 2016. The game was in Colorado, so Stanton’s strength and the elevation in Colorado can provide some opportunities to do what he did that night. It was a 2-2 ball game in the fifth innings when Stanton hit a ball to left-center off of Chad Bettis that cleared the wall by plenty, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. That video is linked here.
2017: Aaron Judge (495 Feet)
The Yankees were beating the Orioles 7-3 at home on June 11, 2017. It was the bottom of the sixth when Judge hit a solo shot that was recorded at 118.6 MPH off the bat. A fan attempted to catch the ball, so it makes it tougher to tell, but the ball may have been able to get to the concourse in left-center field of Yankee Stadium had it not been touched by the fan. Either way, Statcast has recorded it as the longest homer of 2017, projected to have gone 495 feet. Judge ended up going 4-for-4 that game, and part of an interview with him about that game can be seen here.
2018: Trevor Story (505 Feet)
Trevor Story hit a homer that Statcast recorded to go a projected 505 feet against the Giants on September 5, 2018. This wasn’t his only long ball of the night, though. He hit two more, all solo shots, to help the Rockies past San Francisco 5-3. His longest one of the night came in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at three. His sixth inning homer gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead, and was the game-winning run. Here is a video of Statcast’s longest project homer of 2018.
2019: Nomar Mazara (505 Feet)
Nomar Mazara pulled a ball deep into the right field seats in this one. It was in the first inning, and it gave the Rangers an early 2-0 lead. Statcast recorded this one with a projected distance of 505 feet. He hit it against the Chicago White Sox, which he is now a member of. The White Sox came back to win this game 5-4 in 10 innings.
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