Baseball fans have been hearing about Joey Gallo’s tremendous power for quite some time, but the Texas Rangers slugger has yet to put it together, including the start of the 2017 season.
Gallo entered Friday hitting a loud .189 … but he would add to that against the Kansas City Royals:
Exit Velocity: 116.1 mph – 2017’s hardest hit HR
Distance: 462 feet – 2017’s farthest hit HR.
Translation: DESTROYED ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/duzKikanpf
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 22, 2017
My word. That’s big power from a big man, and is now the hardest hit and longest home run of the 2017 season.
But wait, there’s more:
Joey Gallo's HR was the fastest off the bat of any HR in MLB since we began tracking in 2009 (123.6 MPH). pic.twitter.com/CPwJuGL34j
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 22, 2017
So ESPN’s tracking system read that ball even harder off the bat. Insanely hard off the bat.
No matter whose metrics you want to apply here, that ball was well struck.