New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit the hardest ball of 2017 Saturday night when he blasted a 121.07 mph solo shot to left in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch noted Judge's homer was also the hardest hit ball in the Statcast era, which dates back to 2015:
Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch
Aaron Judge just set a new Statcast-era record. 121.1 mph on this homer: https://t.co/His90MALUd2017-6-10 23:31:16
Judge has been in a zone at the plate all season long, and he's upped the ante for the hardest-hit ball in 2017 time and again over the past few months.
According to NJ.com's Mark Fischer, Judge initially set the MLB-high when he hit a 119.4 mph home run against the Orioles on April 28. However, he bested that mark on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox when he lined a single up the middle that traveled at 119.8 mph.
All told, Judge has hit four balls that have been clocked at at least 119 mph this season, while all other MLB players have combined for zero, according to River Ave Blues' Katie Sharp.