Those looking to unseat Aaron Judge from the Statcast leaderboard still have a lot of catching up to do. The rookie slugger grabbed hold of his 19th home run on Saturday, mashing an 0-1 pitch from the Orioles’ Chris Tillman an estimated 382 feet to left field in the first inning.
At 121.1 MPH, the blast was the hardest-hit home run in the Statcast era, eclipsing even Giancarlo Stanton‘s 120.3 MPH base hit in 2015. Judge now stands alone with the fourth hardest-hit balls of 2017, including a single, double and home run that all reached at least 119 MPH over the last two months.
Judge’s record-setting shot was the first of five hit by the Yankees during their 16-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Didi Gregorius, Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez also added to their home run totals, with Sanchez’s eighth-inning, 115.1 MPH homer the hardest-hit one of his career to date.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.
Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.
Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.