Friday, May 24, 2013
Justin Upton's home runs: Frequent and far
By Trevor Ebaugh
They count the same on the scoreboard, but not all home runs are created equal.
Justin Upton leads the National League with 14 home runs -- and not one of those came cheaply. All 14 of Upton's home runs has traveled more than 400 feet, including two of the seven longest hit in the NL this season. He’s hit nearly half of the Atlanta Braves' 400+ foot homers at Turner Field this year, despite having just 11% of his team’s at-bats.
Upton's home runs have been measured at an average of 427.4 feet, the longest of any player with multiple home runs. That exceeds the MLB average home run distance (397.3) by over 30 feet.
Check out the graphic below for a closer look at just how far Upton is hitting the ball in 2013.
ESPN Stats & Information
Justin Upton leads the NL with 14 home runs, and he also leads the majors in average home run distance (427.4 feet).