We continue our look back at some interesting Statcast numbers for the Oakland Athletics with a look at the 10 hardest hit balls of the 2023 season. If you missed it, we took a look a the A’s 10 longest home runs of the season earlier this week.
Oakland had three players tied for the eighth spot at 112.2 mph including this single by Shea Langeliers against the team that drafted him.
Ryan Noda didn’t make the longest homers list, but he shows up multiple times on this list. The first is this 112.2 mph single off of Reds righty Luis Cessa.
Another entry from Noda is this run-scoring double to extend their lead over the Angels. Good job here of running out of the box by Noda which leads to the double.
No surprise to see Brent Rooker on this list as he led the team with a 91.6 average exit velocity during the regular season. This is pretty much a double in any other park but Fenway.
Seth Brown jumps onto the list at No. 6 with this 112.7 mph rocket into the right field corner at Globe Life Park. Robbie Grossman makes a good play to hold him to a single, but a run scored on the play.
Langeliers swung the bat much better down the stretch and this 113.3 mph single against the Twins is tied for third on our list. Turn the volume up on this one and listen to the crack of the bat.
Another 113.3 mph bullet off the bat of Langeliers that goes for a double against the Rangers. It looked like Ezequiel Duran thought he was going to catch this one for a split second before the ball sailed over his head.
Seth Brown’s hardest hit of the season came in August in St. Louis. A good throw by Cardinals rookie Jordan Walker prevented this one from going for extra bases.
The only homer to make our Top 10 hardest hit list was the second hardest hit ball by an A’s player this season. Langliers turns around an inside slider from Angel Zerpa and sends out to left in a hurry for a solo home run.
Oakland’s hardest hit ball of the season was this 113.9 mph triple by Noda that was lined off the base of the wall in Kansas City. This one explodes into the gap and Noda kept right on running as the Royals tried to cut off the runner at the plate.
Bonus: Softest base hit of the season
Oakland’s softest hit base hit was this well place bunt by Esteury Ruiz against the Mets. With Ruiz’s speed, the bunts don’t have to be placed too well.