While things haven’t been perfect this season for the Angels (9-8), one thing that has gone very well is their ability to hit for power.
The Halos currently have MLB’s second-most home runs (26), third-highest slugging percentage (.440), and fourth-highest OPS (.766). The homers aren’t any cheapies either. More often than not, when the Angels get a hold of one almost everyone in the ballpark knows it’s a no doubter.
The Angels have one of MLB’s best power-hitting lineups and these home runs prove it.
Since 2015, three of the Angels’ hardest hit home runs in the Statcast era have come in the first month of the 2021 season.
No.3 Shohei Ohtani-115.2 MPH (451 feet) vs. White Sox
We start with the third on the list which was also has some history around it. On April 4, two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani became the first player in over 45 seasons to pitch in a game while hitting for himself as the eligible designated hitter. It didn’t take long for Ohtani to make headlines.
In the top of the first inning against the White Sox, Ohtani threw the league’s fastest pitch (101 MPH), while hitting the hardest hit ball (115.2 MPH) in the bottom half of that same inning.
Through 67 plate appearances, Ohtani is slashing a healthy .286/.328/.635 while excelling in advanced metrics as well. Ohtani has MLB’s highest Batted Balls Event (BBE) percentage (25.6%). This is a stat that represents any batted ball that produces a result which includes outs, hits, and errors.
He’s tied for the team lead with 13 RBI and is second on the Angels with five home runs on the season. Ohtani’s most recent long ball was a career milestone, his 100th as a professional player between Japan and the United States.
The team’s current home run leader is next on the list.