Oneil Cruz hits the most powerful ball in history

Oneil Cruz hits the most powerful ball in history


Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates were humiliated at home by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, Oneil Cruz found a way to stand out in the losing cause by hitting a ball 122.4 miles away. per hour, or about 120 mph, a record.

The mark to beat since the Statcast era – and eight of the 10 most powerful strikes of all time – belonged to Giancarlo Stanton. The New York Yankees slugger hit the ball 14 times at over 120 mph, but never as hard as his dolphin.

It must be said that at 6'7″ and 220 lbs, Cruz has what it takes to succeed in the longball category. The shortstop has only fifty games under his tie.

With a ball and two strikes against him in the third inning, the 23-year-old hit the pitch of Kyle Wright with missile power heading to right field. The Dominican took a few moments to admire his shot, which did not have the sufficient angle to cross the fence of PNC Park.

The ball even ricocheted off the wall before being caught by the outfielder, who immediately sent it to second base. Cruz thus stopped at first base, with a single.

“I noticed that she started to drop and was going to hit the fence. This is where I started running faster. But I expected her to come out. I didn't expect her to hit the wall and come right back,” Cruz told the Major League Baseball website.

“It's probably good that the ball hit a wall, because it could have hurt someone if it had been a little higher,” added Braves manager Brian Snitker, impressed.


Power everywhere

Despite playing his first full season in major league baseball, Cruz broke one Pirate strength record after another. Earlier this year, he threw a ball at 97.8 mph to strike out Miami Marlins' Luke Williams at first base. It was the fastest pitch ever by an infielder.

Lacking both batting experience and vision, Cruz was very happy to his shot after the match. With a few tweaks, he could be a very dangerous weapon for Pittsburgh over the next few years.

“When I came back to the dugout, some of my teammates told me I knocked out 122 mph. I smiled, but inside I was like, “Wow, I really hit that ball hard.” Now knowing that I broke a record is big for me. It's something positive to take away from this game,” concluded Cruz, whose team lost 14 to 2.

In 52 games this season, he had 38 hits, including 10 rounds. However, he was struck out 79 times, for a .199 batting average.

The Pirates (47-77) have one of the worst records in major league baseball this season, having lost eight of their last 10 duels.