D-backs minor leaguer blasts longest home run in Statcast history
When looking up “no-doubt home run” in the dictionary, Amarillo Sod Poodles 1B Leandro Cedeno’s 527-foot blast might be listed as the first example.
527 FEET for Leandro Cedeno 🤯
The @Dbacks infield prospect obliterated this ball for the @sodpoodles! pic.twitter.com/GHqtLFJV7e
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) July 17, 2022
The first baseman had the green light on a 3-0 count and uncorked the ball to deep left-center field.
The second the bat was swung, Cedeno took a brief look at the ground, dropped his bat and started his walk around the bases before the ball landed in the parking lot.
This brought Cedeno’s home run total to 18 on the season with the D-backs’ Double-A affiliate in Amarillo.
According to The Athletic, this was the longest home run in not only the minors, but also major leagues since Statcast started recording homers in 2015.
“Nomar Mazara owns the longest recorded home run in MLB in the Statcast era at 505 feet, which came on June 21, 2019,” The Atheltic said. “Giancarlo Stanton has the only other major-league homer over 500 feet — he hit one 504 feet on Aug. 6, 2016.”
Richie Sexson may have one of the most memorable homers in D-backs history in 2004 at 503 feet that hit off the jumbotron and broke one of the lights.
But, Adam Dunn outdid him by one foot in 2008 when he launched a 504-foot home run against the Colorado Rockies.