If nothing else, Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo can obliterate a baseball when he makes impact. And he did just that in the bottom of the second inning on Friday night against Kansas City Royals starter Nate Karns.
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
At 462 feet, that’s the longest home run of the baseball season. When bat met ball, it came off at 116.1 MPH, which is also the hardest hit home run of the year.
Gallo entered Friday night with 22 strikeouts in his first 53 at-bats. The home run is his 4th of the season and 11th of his major league career, but the Rangers’ slugging prospect has already hammered out 152 in five minor league seasons.