Stanton, Rizzo show HR power in July
August, 1, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT/Getty ImGiancarlo Stanton hit the longest HR in July, a 466-foot shot on July 8.
Longest Home Run of the Month: Giancarlo Stanton
Stanton hit a 466-foot home run on July 8 off Madison Bumgarner, the longest home run hit in July (excluding his 472-foot shot in the Home Run Derby).
Stanton now has six 450-plus foot home runs this season, more than any other team in the majors.
Since his debut in 2010, Stanton has hit 21 450-plus foot home runs, more than 24 other teams in that span.
Shortest Home Run of the Month: Travis Snider
On July 29, Snider hit a 334-foot home run down the right field line off Tim Hudson at AT&T Park, barely clearing the 25-foot wall.
That shot is the shortest home run that's left AT&T Park this year and the shortest of Snider’s career. Special recognition should go to Brandon Barnes of the Rockies who hit a 304-foot inside-the-park home run on June 14.
Breakout Performance of the Month: Anthony Rizzo
Rizzo hit eight home runs in July, tied with Chris Carter and Carlos Santana for the most in baseball.
Rizzo’s home runs averaged a distance of 405 feet. On July 18, he hit two 444-foot home runs, tied for his third-longest of his career.
As the weather has warmed up, so has Rizzo, who’s increased his home run total each month this season. His July average distance was his highest this season.
No matter what pitchers threw to Rizzo, he was hitting them. He hit home runs off five different pitch types. Compare that to Carter who hit all eight of his off fastballs while Santana hit his against just fastballs and changeups.
Other Notable Performances: Torii Hunter and Billy Butler
Hunter proved he can still hit the long ball with six home runs in July, averaging a Major League-best 415.3 feet (min. 5 HR).
Hunter launched a 441-foot shot on July 10 off Jeremy Guthrie, his longest of the month. Hunter’s shortest home run came on July 31 off of John Danks, traveling 396 feet.
On July 25, Butler hit a 451-foot home run, which tied his career long. The very next day, he topped that mark by hitting a home run two feet longer.
Adam Dunn Benefits From Ballpark
Among players with at least five home runs in July, Adam Dunn’s 52 percent HR Park Percentage was lowest in the majors under standard weather conditions (70 degrees, no wind). A player’s home run park percentage is the percentage of stadiums at which a home run would have gone over the fence under calm conditions (70 degrees Fahrenheit, no wind).
Only one of Dunn’s home runs traveled further than the league’s July average HR distance of 393.4 feet.
ESPN Stat's and Info's Andrew Tressler contributed to this post