Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/16/14
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You know the adage that sometimes even the hardest-thrown fastballs, when hit squarely, come back at you twice as fast. Well, that's not exactly true, and now FoxTrax, using data from Sportvision, can prove it. FoxTrax, which already tracks pitch location and velocity, now can determine the speed at which balls leave the bat. Marlins slugging right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, whom Royals fans have been drooling about every time a trade rumor surfaces, is the undisputed king of sizzling line drives. But the actual speed of Stanton's hardest-hit balls may surprise you. Stanton has the two hardest-hit balls of anyone this season -- a single and a double-play grounder -- both of which left his bat at 114 mph. The league average for hit speed on balls in play is just 77 mph. Royals fans also are probably curious how fast the Eric Hosmer laser was traveling when it hit Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb during the last road trip. The hit speed on Hosmer's ball was 102.4 ...
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