Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Peter O’Brien is known for his ability to hit the baseball.
It’s not that he hits it often, though his career .265 average in four seasons of professional baseball is nothing to sneeze at.
But what O’Brien really gets attention for is his propensity to hit home runs, and the one he smashed Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants off of pitcher Mike Broadway was especially…umm….special.
The eighth-inning blast would have traveled a projected 461.6 feet had the concourse not impeded its feet and left his bat speeding at 119.5 mph.
According to an article on MLB.com, it was the hardest-hit home run of the Statcast (which tracks this stuff) era, and it is noted that just two balls were hit harder in 2015, though neither left the park.
The home run was O’Brien’s fourth of the spring, and while his bat certainly appears to be ready for the big leagues, the D-backs still may not have room for him on the Opening Day roster because there may not be much room in the outfield for the converted catcher.
However, Tuesday afternoon the 25-year-old said he would have no problem returning to his former spot behind the plate if the team asked him to make the switch.
- D-backs’ defense could be considered best in baseball despite injuries
- Two Diamondbacks among those receiving toughest called third strikes
- Diamondbacks’ bullpen making a case to be seen as the best in baseball
- Paul Goldschmidt has week to remember after month-long hitting skid
- Three Diamondbacks among players turning to C-flap for injury prevention