Chris Carter Is A Quiet Assassin (Of Baseballs)
This is Chris Carter’s solo shot off of Joe Saunders yesterday.
The pitch: A 3-2, letter-high. 89.7 mph two-seamer.
The swing: Beautifully boring. He’s incredibly quiet at the dish, has no stride, loads by getting up on his front toe, and then … BAM! MAN STRENGTH. It’s freakish. The GIF doesn’t nearly do it justice. Watch this. And listen to the sound of that baseball getting obliterated.
(No, really … watch it. Now. We’ll wait.)
Welcome back. That was amazing, wasn’t it?
Now to the numbers!
The velocity off the bat: 104.4 mph
(We saw tweets saying it might have been 111 mph, and are leaning toward the higher of the two numbers because holy crap.)
The elevation angle: 35.2º
“True” distance: 399 ft
(*That’s a giant pile of horseshit. Maybe the lights above the train tracks that rudely interrupted the ball’s direct flight to Oklahoma City were 399 feet away, but that ball was headed 450+. Easily.)
The verdict: Chris Carter straight up broke ESPN’s Home Run Tracker. Astros Director of Pro Scouting Kevin Goldstein said that the team’s Trackman system had the blast at 460 feet, but added that it also lost track of the trajectory of the ball. ESPN’s tracker just gave up and took some of the afternoon off (as evidenced by it’s data on Todd Frazier’s massive bomb yesterday in Cincinnati).
We salute you and your boring ManStrength™, Chris Carter.