Statcast: Stanton's 2B hardest-hit ball in 2015
Slugger's hit against Phillies left bat at 120 mph
It's no surprise to hear that when Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton squares up a baseball, he hits it really, really hard.
But thanks to Statcast, the state-of-the-art tracking technology, we have an idea of just how much force he generates with each powerful swing.
In the fifth inning of the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Phillies on Friday, Stanton recorded the hardest hit in the Majors this season, ripping an RBI double that left his bat at 120 mph.
Stanton pulled an 84 mph changeup from Phillies starter Jerome Williams to left field, with the ball landing in the middle of the spacious outfield grass and eventually bouncing off the wall. The double, Stanton's sixth, drove in Dee Gordon.
The hardest-hit ball this year previously belonged to Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, whose walk-off single on April 19 clocked in at 119 mph.
Before Friday's rocket double, Mike Trout was tied for the second hardest-hit ball of the season, at 118 mph, with -- who else? -- Stanton.