Homeruns are popular. They’re valuable, but their popularity probably outweighs their actual awesomeness in my mind. That’s me. You’re welcome to have your own view. Below, courtesy of ESPN’s Homerun Tracker we have a lot of cool information about every homerun in MLB this season including distance, speed off the bat, peak height, and a number of other things.
I’m often interested in league averages and deviations from average, so this should serve as the baseline for which homers should be judged. Below is a list of The Nine Most Average Homeruns of the First Half of 2013 (excluding the final two days). To calculate the most average homers I took the percent deviations from average of distance, speed off the bat, and peak height, squared them, and summed them together. These are the homeruns with values closest to zero.
For reference: League Average Distance is 397 feet, League Average Speed Off The Bat is 103.4 mph, and League Average Peak Height (Apex) is 87.2 feet.
(Distance in Feet/MPH/Height in Feet)
9. Starling Marte, Pirates (May 4th off Stephen Strasburg)
8. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays (June 11 off Jose Quintana)
7. Billy Butler, Royals (July 9 off CC Sabathia)
6. Mike Moustakas, Royals (May 8 off Chris Tillman)
5. Ryan Braun, Brewers (May 22 off Hyun-Jin Ryu)
4. Andrelton Simmons, Braves (May 6 off Bronson Arroyo)
3. Luis Valbuena, Cubs (April 19 off Marco Estrada)
2. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals (July 10 off Wesley Wright)
1. Jordy Mercer, Pirates (May 3 off Ross Detwiler)
I’m not sure how much this list can tell you about specific players, but hopefully it’s a nice demonstration about what the average homerun looks like. If you’re curious, the link to the ESPN list has video of each homerun so you can get an even better idea on video.