Every team's hardest-hit home run

July 10th, 2021

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: -- May 24, 2021 vs. TB
Exit velocity: 117.4 mph (Watch it)
Who else but Vlad Jr.? Guerrero started 2021 off hot, smashing 16 home runs in the first two months of the season and leading the league in homers through most of June. This one had no chance of staying in the yard, coming off Tampa Bay lefty Ryan Yarbrough. 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 Velasquez. 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 the only dinger ever 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

Indians: -- Aug. 16, 2020 at DET
Exit velocity: 114.1 mph (Watch it)
Cleveland has 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 Indians leaderboard

Royals: -- Sep. 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 Tigers infielder’s blasts can be seen sprinkled all over the club’s leaderboard despite joining the team at 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: -- April 5, 2021 at DET
Exit velocity: 116.6 mph (Watch it)
Cruz keeps aging like fine wine, slugging homers in every stop he’s been at in his career so far. He is the oldest player on this list, at 40 years old, but has the second-hardest hit homer in the division despite his age. At this rate, Cruz might still be hitting 110 mph rockets at age 50. Full Twins leaderboard

White Sox: Yermín Mercedes -- May 27, 2021 vs BAL
Exit velocity: 116.8 mph (Watch it)
Mercedes surprised everyone to start the 2021 season, quickly becoming one of the game’s hottest hitters. He hit .311 with seven homers in the first two months to kick off his career, with this rocket capping off one of the hottest starts to a season we’ve seen in recent memory. Full White Sox leaderboard

AL West

Angels: -- June 28, 2021 at NYY
Exit velocity: 117.2 mph (Watch it)
The Summer of Shohei has been filled with many blasts, but none came off the bat quite as fast as this one. It got out of the ballpark in a hurry too, leaving the yard in just 4.0 seconds. A few days later, Ohtani became the first player to reach the 30-homer mark during the 2021 season. Full Angels leaderboard

Astros: -- July 1, 2021 at CLE
Exit velocity: 116.4 mph (Watch it)
Former Astro George Springer owned each of the first eight spots on this list but, in Springer's first season as a Blue Jay, Alvarez finally unseated him with this rocket at Progressive Field. 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 -- dominate both the corners of the infield and the top of the A’s list. Full A’s leaderboard

Mariners: -- Sep. 27, 2017 at OAK
Exit velocity: 116.8 mph (Watch it)
The ageless wonder that is Nelson Cruz appears for the second time on this list, this one as a spring chicken with the Mariners at 37 years old. Cruz led the M’s in homers in each of his four seasons with the club. This laser came off future Mariner Kendall Graveman. 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: -- June 27, 2021 at CIN
Exit velocity: 117.4 mph (Watch it)
Look down the Braves’ leaderboard and you’re sure to see almost nothing but tildes. Acuña holds the top spot for Atlanta with this blast off Phillies ace Aaron Nola. It makes sense considering Acuña is already one of the game's premier talents, with plenty of time to extend his lead. Full Braves leaderboard

Marlins: -- June 23, 2015 vs. STL
Exit velocity: 119.2 mph (Watch it)
Stanton is not only one of four players on this list to appear twice, but he also holds the two hardest-hit homers tracked by Statcast on this list. 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. Juan Soto has since made his mark on the list and on the franchise, guiding the Nats to a World Series title a little over two years after Harper crushed this homer. And at just 22 years old, Soto has plenty of time to reach the top of the leaderboard as well. Full Nationals leaderboard

Phillies: -- Sep. 24, 2019 at WSH
Exit velocity: 116.4 mph (Watch it)
While Giancarlo Stanton, Nelson Cruz and Franchy Cordero also hold two spots on this list, Harper is the only player to hold two spots within the same division. This blast came in a revenge game as the former Nationals standout embraced his role as a heel and launched a rocket out to right. Full Phillies leaderboard

NL Central

Brewers: -- Aug. 19, 2016 at SEA
Exit velocity: 114.9 mph (Watch it)
While you might expect Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun at the top of the Crew’s list, Broxton beat out both with his blast. Broxton hit this Interleague blast off veteran southpaw Wade LeBlanc. Broxton went on to hit 20 homers for the ballclub just a year later. Full Brewers leaderboard

Cardinals: -- April 3, 2018 at MIL
Exit velocity: 117.2 mph (Watch it)
Ozuna holds four of the top five 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: -- May 22, 2019 vs. COL
Exit velocity: 116.2 mph (Watch it)
Bell sent this towering shot into the Allegheny River right outside of PNC Park, making it only the fifth home run to reach the river on the fly. He is the only player to do it twice, as he sent one into the drink exactly two weeks before. He has since been traded, but whenever he returns to PNC Park, break out the kayaks. Full Pirates leaderboard

Reds: -- Aug. 8, 2019 vs. CHC
Exit velocity: 118.3 mph (Watch it)
Aquino surprised everyone in 2019, as the Reds rookie slammed 19 home runs in just 56 games that season, setting an NL rookie record for most homers in a month, with 14 coming in August. While he hasn't quite replicated his rookie success since, this blast serves as a reminder for how magical that summer was. 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: -- Oct. 3, 2019 vs. WSH (NLDS)
Exit velocity: 114.9 mph (Watch it)
Pederson is the proud owner of the only playoff home run on this list, helping the Dodgers win Game 1 of the 2019 NLDS with this blast off Hunter Strickland and the foul pole. Unfortunately for Joc and the Dodgers though, the homer was merely a consolation prize as the eventual World Series champion Nationals took the series in five games. Full Dodgers leaderboard

Giants: -- April 20, 2018 at LAA
Exit velocity: 114.2 mph (Watch it)
Even with sluggers like Brandon Belt, Mike Yastrzemski and Hunter Pence passing through the Bay, this blast holds the top spot on the Giants’ list. Even more impressive, that list includes two lasers from one of the best hitting pitchers in this era, Madison Bumgarner. Full Giants leaderboard

Padres: -- April 28, 2018 vs. NYM
Exit velocity: 116.9 mph (Watch it)
You wouldn’t expect Franchy to be in the same conversation as Nelson Cruz, Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper, but he’s one of four players with two homers on this list. Even more impressive, his blast has held the top spot even with players like Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes passing through San Diego. The Statcast darling crushed this one off Jason Vargas, and it travelled a whopping 459 feet. 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 has 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