OAKLAND -- Ryon Healy tends to smash the ball with ease, and he's doing it routinely these days. The A's young slugger did it twice against the Blue Jays on Monday night, claiming responsibility for all of Oakland's runs in a 5-3 victory courtesy of two home runs.Healy's power isn't
OAKLAND -- Ryon Healy tends to smash the ball with ease, and he's doing it routinely these days. The A's young slugger did it twice against the Blue Jays on Monday night, claiming responsibility for all of Oakland's runs in a 5-3 victory courtesy of two home runs.
Healy's power isn't so much a secret anymore, but it remains impressive nonetheless. After belting 13 homers in 72 games as a rookie last season, Healy already has 13 in 56 games this year, following his second multi-homer performance in three days.
"That was special," Khris Davis said. "He's looking great."
Healy, 25, ignited the Coliseum with a three-run homer in the second inning, sending the ball a projected 426 feet, according to Statcast™, with a 105.5 mph exit velocity. His second shot off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ, a two-run job in the fourth, traveled a projected 416 feet, leaving his bat at 103.5 mph.
"He's pretty strong," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "There's a different sound -- certain guys may have a different sound, and when he gets into one, he hits it a long way. He can do it at night here, to the big part of the park, opposite field as we've seen here in the past couple of days. A true power hitter."
"He's a strong kid," Yonder Alonso echoed. "I think he's learning a lot every day, a kid that's coming to the ballpark every day trying to get better. It's nice to see for a guy that works very hard and is so determined."
Of Healy's 13 homers this season, 11 have been projected at 400-plus feet, and his 413-foot average ties him for ninth in the Majors among players with at least 10 home runs, joining Nelson Cruz, Salvador Perez and Bryce Harper. Colorado's Mark Reynolds sits atop the list at 418 feet.
The A's have some serious sluggers in tow. Alonso isn't far behind, at 408 feet, and has a career-high 16 homers, while Davis leads the team with 17 to give the A's three players with double-digit homer totals.
"When I'm stacked up in the middle there, it's awesome," Alonso said. "Khris Davis is the biggest threat I think in the American League, and then you have Healy, who just puts together really good at-bats, so it's nice to be jammed up in the middle of those guys."
Their efforts have the A's leading the Majors in homers at home, with 53. They had 67 all of last year, ranking 26th. Moreover, over the previous 10 seasons, their 682 homers at home also ranked 26th in that span.
Healy's doings this year are all the more remarkable when considering the adjustments he's had to make shifting from an everyday third-base role to a multifaceted job that includes shared duties at third, first and designated hitter.
Acclimating to the DH role, in particular, has presented challenges Healy is gradually overcoming.
"It's not often a younger guy like that has the DH role," Melvin said. "We've hit him some ground balls in the clubhouse in between innings, trying to keep him going. He's found something that works for him now and he's found some success."
Said Healy: "He jokes about that, but I was seriously playing wall ball with myself in Houston. I had a glove down in the tunnel and I was throwing a ball against the wall. I felt like a 5-year-old kid that was in timeout. Trying to find things to fill my time."
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.