Over the years, even when he was playing with the Miami Marlins before coming over to the New York Yankees via trade, Giancarlo Stanton has developed quite a reputation as the most powerful hitter in baseball.
After all, he did knock 59 balls out of the park in 2017, his last season with the fish. However, the most impressive part of the narrative is, without a doubt, the exit velocity readings on some of his batted balls.
The Yankeesâ€™ outfielder owns the hardest hit ball in the Statcast era with 123.9 miles per hour (a groundball), and he also hit the hardest home run at 121.7 mph in 2018. The dude is a beast, and it was on full display again on Wednesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
The Yankees put on a fireworks show
During the Yankeesâ€™ win in spring training, Stanton hit a home run at 115 miles per hour, an impressive feat that few major leaguers have ever done, and he did it at a warmup game! Here, take a look at this beauty:
CASI NO LE DIO
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The majestic blast traveled, according to the Yankeesâ€™ official page, 420 feet, and preceded Gleyber Torresâ€™ own home run to make it back-to-back dingers for the Bombers, something that could potentially happen several times during the regular season.
Stanton loves Statcast, and no wonder he does.
â€œIf you hit the ball hard and find the hole or the wall — or over the fence — thatâ€™s a good thing,â€ Stanton said. â€œItâ€™s just extra added info thatâ€™s pretty cool to see, especially since the first half of my career I didnâ€™t get to see that.â€
Yankeesâ€™ manager is excited to have a healthy Stanton contributing every day to the lineup. â€œHe’s such a more evolved player in his focus, his process, his plan,â€ the skipper said. â€œHis understanding of what he needs to do to be successful up there, what opposing pitchers are trying to do. I just feel like he hasn’t been on the field to let that growth he’s had as a player and as a hitter manifest.â€