Five Stat Friday: Week Four

4. In the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday night, with the Kansas City Royals’ Joakim Soria on the mound, the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hit a home run, his fourth of the season. This isn’t noteworthy, at all; Trout’s hit 27 or more homers each of the past four years, including an impressive 41 last season. However, what was noteworthy about this Mike Trout homer is just how hard he hit it. Trout’s blast registered at 120.5 mph off the bat, the hardest-hit homer in the majors since Giancarlo Stanton hit a 122.4 mph blast off of Jamie Moyer on May 21, 2012. You can see how hard Trout’s solo shot was hit when watching the video; unlike most homers, the ball stays in the picture the entire way, and still easily clears the 390 foot marker in left-center. According to ESPN’s Hit Tracker Online, Trout’s homer traveled 425 feet, despite peaking just 52 feet above the ground.

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