It's time, once again, for our annual look at the season's longest home runs as measured by Hit Tracker. The Brewers' power hitting took a step back in 2013, as their NL-leading 202 homers in 2012 fell to just 155 and sixth place in 2013. Average distance also fell a bit, as the 2012 Brewers hit no less than 32 home runs that would have cracked this year's top ten.
Nonetheless, the 2013 season featured some blasts to remember and we'll commemorate them in this series, starting today with the two homers tied for tenth.
First, we'll look at one of the most unlikely Brewers on this list: Jean Segura wasn't supposed to bring big-time power to the Brewers this season. Entering the year he'd never hit an MLB homer, and he'd never had more than ten in any season in the minors.
When he homered in the first inning on May 14 against the Pirates, though, it was already his seventh of the season. It was also his longest, measuring 428 feet. Here's the video:
That ball was traveling 112.2 mph off the bat, making it the second fastest home run hit by a Brewer this season. It was tied for the 14th longest homer hit by any batter at PNC Park in 2013.
Unfortunately, Segura's solo homer wasn't enough. The Brewers lost 4-3 in 12 innings.
About a month and a half later, Juan Francisco matched that feat in Washington. He went 2-for-4 in a 10-5 loss to the Nationals, and one of the hits was this sixth inning blast off Jordan Zimmermann:
That was the second of back-to-back home runs with Rickie Weeks, and was the longer of the two (428, compared to Weeks' 421). Hit Tracker confirms what you might have suspected: This ball would have left all 30 MLB parks.
For both Segura and Francisco, this was their longest 2013 home run.