It’s hard to look at Kevin Keyes and not be impressed at his size. The 6’3″ 225 lb 1B/OF is much bigger and stronger than you and I; he proved this on Wednesday night, hitting an estimated 440-450 foot home run that broke some lights at Five County Stadium, the home of the Carolina Mudcats. Here is the link to the massive shot – the uploader does not allow it to be embedded at this time.
Keyes is not really much of a prospect. The 2010 7th round pick out of the University of Texas obviously has massive power, with a combined 38 HR in 777 plate appearances in 2011-12, but just a career triple slash of .227/.305/.426. He strikes out in almost 25% of his plate appearances and was moved to first base this season due to his defensive deficiencies in the outfield. But this post isn’t really about Keyes, it’s just inspired by him. I just wanted an excuse to compile a list of all of the 2012 Nats homers that went 440 feet or longer.
Michael Morse , 465 ft, 7/20/12
Tyler Moore, 462 ft, 6/26/12
Michael Morse, 451 ft, 9/27/12
Michael Morse, 446 ft, 8/10/12
Bryce Harper, 444 ft, 9/8/12
Ian Desmond, 441 ft, 7/8/12
Ian Desmond, 441 ft, 4/21/12
For more fun with finding long homers, I highly recommend taking a look at ESPN’s Home Run Tracker.