Aaron Judge Blasts Hardest-Hit Home Run of 2017 vs. Orioles

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10:  Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees in action against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 10, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 8-2.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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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/His90MALUd

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.

Following Saturday's first-inning shot, the American League's leading All-Star vote-getter owns the MLB lead with 19 home runs.


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