Every team's hardest-hit home run

April 24th, 2024

Baseball has always been a simple game. You throw the ball hard. You hit the ball hard. And sometimes, the ball is hit with such force that you can’t help but ask yourself, “Just how hard was that thing hit?!”

Thanks to Statcast, we now know the exit velocity of each ball hit across the big leagues each day, no matter if it’s a squeaker or a towering homer. But let’s face it, do you really want to see Giancarlo Stanton’s infield base hits? Or would you rather see him sock some dingers?

Here are the hardest-hit homers by each of the 30 MLB clubs since Statcast began tracking exit velocity back at the start of the 2015 season, postseason included:

American League East

Blue Jays: -- April 10, 2022 vs. TEX
Exit velocity: 117.9 mph (Watch it)
Really, it could only be Vlad Jr. Guerrero actually smashed his own previous record of 117.4 mph when he hit this absolute laser off of Rangers pitcher Spencer Howard for his first home run of the 2022 season. Full Blue Jays leaderboard

Orioles: -- April 14, 2018 at BOS
Exit velocity: 115.9 mph (Watch it)
Plenty of sluggers have passed through Baltimore, including Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini, but it’s Álvarez who tops the list for the O’s. Álvarez launched this majestic blast into the deepest part of Fenway Park, much to the dismay of pitcher Hector Velázquez. Full Orioles leaderboard

Rays: -- May 14, 2021 vs. NYM
Exit velocity: 117.3 mph (Watch it)
Tampa Bay acquired Zunino from Seattle in 2018, and he struggled at the plate in his first two seasons with the Rays. But Zunino has always been a guy who could punish the ball when he connects, as Mets lefty David Peterson found out the hard way on this shot. In 2021, Zunino got off to a hot start, resulting in his first All-Star selection. Full Rays leaderboard

Red Sox: -- May 23, 2021 at PHI
Exit velocity: 118.6 mph (Watch it)
Franchy has long been a Statcast anomaly, showing loud tools but battling injuries and struggling to fully establish himself in the Majors. Despite his limited overall production, Cordero owns a few of the most impressive home runs in Statcast history, including this 474-foot blast. Full Red Sox leaderboard

Yankees: -- Aug. 9, 2018 vs. TEX
Exit velocity: 121.7 mph (Watch it)
This one should come as no surprise. Stanton crushed the hardest homer tracked in the Statcast Era and one of four with a tracked exit velo over 120 mph. He and All-Star teammate Aaron Judge create one of the hardest-hitting tandems in all of baseball. Full Yankees leaderboard

AL Central

Guardians: -- Aug. 16, 2020 at DET
Exit velocity: 114.1 mph (Watch it)
Cleveland had two prominent stars for the better part of the Statcast Era in Francisco Lindor and José Ramírez, but their leaderboard is topped by the big righty in Reyes. Hanley Ramirez's two lone homers in Cleveland rank high on the team's leaderboard as well, as he crushed them both over 113 mph. Full Guardians leaderboard

Royals: -- Sept. 4, 2019 vs. DET
Exit velocity: 115.7 mph (Watch it)
Soler had one heck of a 2019 season for the Royals. This homer off Edwin Jackson made him the first Royal to ever hit 40 homers in a season. Soler ended the year with 48 home runs, a new franchise record by a double-digit margin. Full Royals leaderboard

Tigers: -- May 27, 2021 vs. CLE
Exit velocity: 115.3 mph (Watch it)
Schoop, there it is. The former Tigers infielder’s blasts can be seen sprinkled all over the club’s leaderboard despite not joining the team until the start of the 2020 season. His hardest homer must have stung 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber, as it broke up his no-hit bid in the seventh inning. Full Tigers leaderboard

Twins: Ryan Jeffers -- May 29, 2023 at HOU
Exit Velocity: 117.4 mph (Watch it)
Jeffers’ 117.4 mph laser didn’t just set a new team Statcast record -- it also ended up being a game-winner, driving the Twins to a hard-fought 7-5 victory over the Astros in 10 innings. Full Twins leaderboard

White Sox: -- April 18, 2023 vs. PHI
Exit velocity: 118.2 mph (Watch it)
Burger's home run with a 118.2 mph exit velocity continued his hot streak to begin the 2023 season. It represented his fourth home run in his previous five games. The 2017 first-round pick's fifth home run of the season surpassed Luis Robert's home run with a 117.7 mph exit velocity in 2021. Full White Sox leaderboard

AL West

Angels: -- June 25, 2022 vs. SEA
Exit velocity: 118.0 mph (Watch it)
Ohtani already had the Angels' two hardest-hit home runs, both of which he hit during his magical 2021 season, when he crushed this one off Mariners righty Logan Gilbert -- who, based on his reaction, immediately knew where it was headed. Full Angels leaderboard

Astros: -- Sept. 13, 2023
Exit velocity: 117.7 mph (Watch it)
Alvarez is only in his fifth season, but he already owns 10 of the top 12 spots on the Astros' list. The lefty slugger broke his own record again with a 117.7 mph missile down the right-field line against the A's at Minute Maid Park -- he also broke his own record last fall with a three-run, walk-off homer against the Mariners in Game 1 of the 2022 ALDS that came off his bat with an exit velocity of 116.7 mph. He has hit six homers with an exit velocity of 116 mph or more. Full Astros leaderboard

Athletics: -- Aug. 29, 2020 at HOU
Exit velocity: 115.9 mph (Watch it)
Chapman might be one of the game’s best defensive players over at the hot corner, but he can also launch homers with the best of them. The two Matts -- Chapman and fellow Gold Glover Matt Olson -- dominated both the corners of the infield and the top of the A’s list. Full A’s leaderboard

Mariners: -- Sept. 11, 2022 vs. ATL
Exit velocity: 117.2 mph (Watch it)
Rodríguez picked the perfect moment for this laser off of Braves closer Kenley Jansen -- after Atlanta stunned the Mariners' bullpen with five runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-6 lead, Rodríguez, batting second in the bottom half of the inning, flipped the script again, tying the game and setting up a thrilling walk-off two batters later. Full Mariners leaderboard

Rangers: -- June 5, 2018 vs. OAK
Exit velocity: 117.5 mph (Watch it)
Gallo led the league in average exit velocity (94.4 mph) in 2018, so it’s only fitting that he gets the top spot for Texas. A’s pitcher Lou Trivino was on the wrong side of Gallo’s hardest-hit homer of his career, as the ball sailed out of old Globe Life Park in Arlington. Full Rangers leaderboard

National League East

Braves: -- Sept. 2, 2023 at LAD
Exit velocity: 121.2 mph (Watch it)
In one of the biggest games of the season against their National League rival Los Angeles Dodgers, Acuña annihilated a 3-0 95-mph fastball from right-hander Emmet Sheehan to dead center field at Dodger Stadium. Acuña's lined shot made Statcast history, becoming the third-hardest hit home run and sixth-hardest hit ball overall since 2015. Full Braves leaderboard

Marlins: -- June 23, 2015 vs. STL
Exit velocity: 119.2 mph (Watch it)
Not only does Stanton appear twice on this list, but he also holds the two hardest-hit homers tracked by Statcast altogether. While the Marlins have had plenty of big hitters come through Miami since Statcast was introduced in 2015, Stanton dominates the Marlins leaderboard and it's not close. Full Marlins leaderboard

Mets: -- April 11, 2019 at ATL
Exit velocity: 118.3 mph (Watch it)
Alonso’s rookie season in 2019 was one for the ages. The Mets first baseman slammed 53 home runs in his first year, breaking the rookie record for homers in a season previously held by Aaron Judge. If you're sitting in the bleachers during a Subway Series, you better be on high alert, as either of these two can launch a rocket your way. Full Mets leaderboard

Nationals: -- June 15, 2017 at NYM
Exit velocity: 116.3 mph (Watch it)
Prior to his move to Philly, Harper was the hardest hitter in the Nats lineup, leading the team to four playoff appearances in six years. He owns four of the Nationals' 10 hardest-hit homers. Juan Soto landed in the top 10 three times before being traded to the Padres, and 22-year-old infielder Luis García cracked the top five with a 113.4 mph blast in 2022. Full Nationals leaderboard

Phillies: -- Oct. 18, 2022 at SD
Exit velocity: 119.7 mph (Watch it)
Harper also held the Phillies' record, but he certainly wasn't sorry to see Schwarber obliterate it to help Philly take a Game 1 victory over the Padres in the NL Championship Series. Schwarber's 488-foot blast off Yu Darvish set a postseason record for home run exit velocity and ranks second in distance. Full Phillies leaderboard

NL Central

Brewers: -- Sept. 12, 2021 at CLE
Exit velocity: 116.7 mph (Watch it)
Daniel Vogelbach, Rowdy Tellez and Christian Yelich are all among the top five on the Brewers leaderboard, but García tops the list. He passed Keon Broxton (114.9 mph) with a smash to left off Aaron Civale at Progressive Field, part of a 29-homer 2021 campaign. Full Brewers leaderboard

Cardinals: -- April 3, 2018 at MIL
Exit velocity: 117.2 mph (Watch it)
Ozuna holds four of the top seven spots for St. Louis, and this blast off Chase Anderson was actually his first in a Cardinal uni. All but one of the four came in his first season with the team as well. The club’s top 10 is littered with both young talent and veteran sluggers. Full Cardinals leaderboard

Cubs: -- April 24, 2018 at CLE
Exit velocity: 117.1 mph (Watch it)
Schwarber has always had a knack for hitting homers in bulk, as this homer came as part of a two-homer day. While this homer in the second ranks at the top of the Cubs list by nearly 2.5 mph, his second homer in the fourth wasn’t a cheap one either, exploding off the bat at 109.6 mph. Full Cubs leaderboard

Pirates: -- Aug. 29, 2022 at MIL
Exit velocity: 117.5 mph (Watch it)
It was only a matter of time. Cruz, the prodigious Pirates shortstop with light tower power, hit a laser home run into the right-field stands in Milwaukee to enter the Pittsburgh record books. Amazingly, the long ball wasn't the hardest-hit ball of Cruz's week. The 23-year-old sensation crushed a 122.4 mph single — the hardest-hit ball of the Statcast Era — just five days earlier. Full Pirates leaderboard

Reds: -- Sept. 26, 2023 at CLE
Exit velocity: 119.2 mph (Watch it)
De La Cruz reached the top of the Reds leaderboard in the final week of his Statcast-smashing rookie year. He crushed a 119.2 mph, 467-foot blast off Guardians reliever Xzavion Curry in the ninth inning to add to the Reds' lead in Cleveland. The titanic two-run shot gave De La Cruz his first multihomer game at the MLB level. Full Reds leaderboard

NL West

D-backs: Andrew Young -- April 20, 2021 at CIN
Exit velocity: 115.9 mph (Watch it)
While many of the names on this list stand out for being known sluggers, Young’s name sticks out for being perhaps the most out of place. This was only his third career homer, but it tops the D-backs’ list. Full D-backs leaderboard

Dodgers: -- April 23, 2024 at WAS
Exit velocity: 118.7 mph (Watch it)
Ohtani had previously set the Angels' record for hardest-hit home run in the Statcast era, and he managed to do it for the other Los Angeles team early in his debut season there. The upper-decker launch to right field had the highest exit velocity of any home run in his career thus far. Full Dodgers leaderboard

Giants: -- July 30, 2022 vs. CHC
Exit velocity: 114.3 mph (Watch it)
Moments after teammate Luis González swatted a two-run shot, Bart unleashed on a belt-high fastball and sent a 114.3 mph rocket to left, just barely beating out the previous hardest-hit homer for the Giants by 0.1 mph. Madison Bumgarner checks in at fifth on the Giants' list. Full Giants leaderboard

Padres: -- Aug. 20, 2021 vs. PHI
Exit velocity: 119.6 mph (Watch it)
Machado launched a laser just over the left-field wall in the third inning of the Padres' contest with the Phillies, dethroning Franchy Cordero for San Diego's hardest-hit homer after more than three years. To be fair to Franchy, Machado's blast would lead 29 teams in the big leagues, as it was the fourth-hardest-hit homer ever recorded in the Statcast era, trailing only Yankees sluggers Giancarlo Stanton, who owns the top two, and Aaron Judge. Full Padres leaderboard

Rockies: -- April 4, 2016 at ARI
Exit velocity: 117.4 mph (Watch it)
As one of the sweetest-swinging lefties the game has ever seen, CarGo sent plenty of moonshots out of Coors Field as a member of the Rockies. Surprisingly, though, the Rockies' hardest-hit homer came away from home, at Chase Field in Arizona. Full Rockies leaderboard