Every team's hardest-hit home run

October 19th, 2022

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 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 one of three 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 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: -- 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 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: -- Oct. 3, 2021 vs. DET
Exit velocity: 117.7 mph (Watch it)
Robert missed most of 2021 while recovering from a torn hip flexor, but he returned red-hot down the stretch. That torrid run culminated in a vintage "La Pantera" blast in the White Sox regular-season finale, as Robert drove a pitch a projected 430 feet on a homer with just a 19-degree launch angle. 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: Yordan Alvarez -- 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: Matt Chapman -- 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: -- 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: -- Oct. 3, 2021 vs. NYM
Exit velocity: 117.9 mph (Watch it)
Soler made an instant impact for the 2021 Braves after he came over before the Trade Deadline by jacking big home runs like this one. He led off Atlanta's regular-season finale against Mets star Noah Syndergaard with a laser shot to the left-field corner, giving fans something to cheer about nice and early. Soler's shot unseated Ronald Acuña Jr., who owned each of the Braves' four hardest-hit homers before Soler went deep. 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:  -- 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: -- 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: -- Aug. 29, 2022 at MIL
Exit velocity: 117.5 mph (Watch it)
It was only a matter of time. Oneil 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: -- 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: -- Sept. 30, 2021 vs. SD
Exit velocity: 115.3 mph (Watch it)
Somehow, despite the seemingly endless dingers the homer-happy Dodgers have hit in the Statcast era, it took seven seasons for a Los Angeles player to notch the franchise's first tracked 115+ mph homer. That came courtesy of Seager, who went back-to-back with Mookie Betts to open a game against the Padres with authority on a line drive to the right-field seats at Dodger Stadium.
Full Dodgers leaderboard

Giants: Joey Bart -- 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. 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 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