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As Hall of Fame pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine can attest to, “chicks dig the long ball.”

Dominant pitchers receive their fair share of recognition, but powerful sluggers who can crank moonshots into the upper deck remain the primary fan favorites. Mashers like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Giancarlo Stanton are in the hunt to lead Major League Baseball in home runs in 2015, but do any of those three accomplished hitters earn the title of “most powerful” based on how far they’re hitting their dingers?

In order to quantify that moniker, PointAfter ranked players (with a minimum of 11 homers) by average true home run distance (a calculated estimate of how far a home run would have flown uninterrupted by bleachers), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Most players on the countdown will be accompanied by PointAfter’s spray chart visuals, which illustrate where these guys have been hitting their home runs.

So which players, on average, have been smacking the longest of long balls this season?

Note: All stats in this article are accurate as of July 28, prior to games played. The rankings are very volatile, as a single home run could move a player multiple spots up or down the list moving forward. Visuals used will update automatically.

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies/Toronto Blue Jays

Home Run Total: 12
Average True Distance: 403.8 feet

The 2015 season has been kinder to the man they call “Tulo” from a health standpoint. And since the veteran shortstop has been able to stay on the field, he’s put up his usual solid numbers.

The 30-year-old carved out an identity as a fan favorite in Colorado, but a recent trade sending him to Toronto will likely give him a chance to compete in the postseason.

Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

Home Run Total: 11
Average True Distance: 403.9 feet

Mike Napoli has slumped quite severely in 2015. He hit just .190 in June and had a batting average below .200 as recently as July 22.

He’s still launched 11 deep homers, but overall it’s been a very frustrating year for the BoSox first baseman.

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Home Run Total: 22
Average True Distance: 404 feet

Paul Goldschmidt should be considered as a legitimate MVP candidate in the National League, but Arizona’s inability to make it to the postseason has greatly hindered his chances at winning the honor.

In addition to smacking 22 homers thus far at an average of 405.2 feet, the 27-year-old first baseman sports a video-game-esque slash line of .346/.465/.611.

Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants

Home Run Total: 15
Average True Distance: 404.3 feet

Brandon Crawford entered the big leagues as a magician with the leather who’d make up for sub-par offense with tremendous glove work. He remains a great defender who isn’t afraid to go all out to make a big-time play, but his offense has made great strides.

Through 96 games played in 2015, the 28-year-old shortstop has a career-best slash line of .270/.336/.481 with a career-high 15 homers. Let’s just say he was deserving of his All-Star nod.

Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates

Home Run Total: 13
Average True Distance: 404.8 feet

By launching his 13th homer of the season on July 1, Marte tied his career high set a season ago.

He hasn’t connected with a round-tripper since, but he’s been a solid complementary bat for Pittsburgh’s batting order.

Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Home Run Total: 25
Average True Distance: 405.7 feet

Nolan Arenado, the second representative of the Rockies on this list, may carry a stigma that his power is a result of the altitude in Denver.

As a matter of fact, Arenado has hit more homers on the road (15) than in the friendly confines of Coors Field (10).

Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers

Home Run Total: 13
Average True Distance: 405.8 feet

If voters put together a sneaky-good All-Star team, Justin Turner would likely be the headliner. The 30-year-old infielder who has bounced from the Baltimore Orioles to the New York Mets to the Los Angeles Dodgers is overshadowed by the star power in LA, but he’s forcing fans to take notice of his skills in the batter’s box.

After hitting .340 with 4.3 wins above replacement in 109 games a season ago, Turner has hit a career-best 13 homers to accompany a .323 average.

Kendrys Morales, Kansas City Royals

Home Run Total: 12
Average True Distance: 405.8 feet

Morales had arguably the worst season of his career a year ago with the Twins and Mariners. He hit just eight homers combined after launching an average of 22.5 round-trippers per year in the four seasons prior, but the switch-hitting DH has bounced back nicely in Kansas City.

In addition to his 12 homers, Morales is hitting .282 with 25 doubles.

David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Home Run Total: 20
Average True Distance: 405.9 feet

David Ortiz has done an impressive job staving off Father Time to this point of his illustrious career, but a .243 batting average leaves a lot to be desired and may hint toward his inevitable decline.

Nevertheless, a throwback performance against Detroit on July 26, in which Big Papi went 4-of-5 with two home runs and a career-high seven RBI, shows the lefty DH still has some fuel left in the tank.

Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

Home Run Total: 14
Average True Distance: 406 feet

Part of MLB’s impressive youth movement in recent years is Kris Bryant, the 23-year-old third baseman for the Chicago Cubs.

The rookie has faced a genuinely huge amount of hype early in his career—a tough task for any young athlete to deal with. And while contact at the dish has sometimes been an issue (120 strikeouts in 331 at-bats and a .254 batting average), he’s hit 16 doubles, four triples and 14 home runs so far this season—his most recent being a walk-off against Colorado.

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Home Run Total: 24
Average True Distance: 406.5 feet

Hate him or defend him (which pretty much only applies to Yankees fans, because who else would choose to do that?), what Alex Rodriguez has been able to do this season (at his age) after missing the entire 2014 season has been nothing short of impressive.

The MLB pariah has already slugged 24 homers before the end of July—his highest output since 2010. As ESPN Stats & Information noted via Twitter, A-Rod has been feasting on pitching mistakes out over the plate:

Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

Home Run Total: 24
Average True Distance: 406.8 feet

Josh Donaldson was so good on offense and defense throughout the first half of the season that he was pegged by Grantland’s Jonah Keri as the midseason AL MVP.

He brings a heck of a lot more to the table than raw power, but his impressive strength on homers this season is still noteworthy.

Logan Morrison, Seattle Mariners

Home Run Total: 12
Average True Distance: 407.2 feet

Logan Morrison uses his lanky left-handed frame to generate a lot of power in the batter’s box. Unfortunately for Mariners fans, the first baseman’s woeful .222/.298/.367 slash line can’t be overlooked as a result of decent power.

Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Home Run Total: 21
Average True Distance: 407.7 feet

In terms of power hitting, Blue Jays slugging outfielder Jose Bautista remains as “dead-pull” as they come.

Of his 21 homers, not a single one has been to right or right-center field. Only four were launched to center and the rest were yanked to left. But hey, when you’re putting runs on the board, it’s tough to pine for power to all fields.

Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals

Home Run Total: 11
Average True Distance: 408.8 feet

Royals All-Star outfield Lo Cain is known more for his elite glove work than his power. Heading into the 2015 season, he had hit 17 home runs combined through five seasons.

Cain has experienced an impressive power surge this year compared to his past performances, smacking a career-high 11 homers and posting a career-best .502 slugging percentage. KC will be really tough to beat come playoff time if Cain can keep up that production.

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Home Run Total: 31
Average True Distance: 409 feet

Mike Trout is almost unanimously seen as baseball’s best player (and those who think otherwise are probably keeping that opinion to themselves).

The reigning MVP may not crack the top ten in terms of average true home run distance, but he hit a grand slam into a fan’s ‘Trout Net,’ and you could argue that’s more impressive.

Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers

Home Run Total: 16
Average True Distance: 409.1 feet

The Rangers haven’t impressed from a record standpoint, but the roster ranks No. 10 in the league in home runs.

Prince Fielder has been great for Texas, but it’s actually Moreland who leads the team in homers at this juncture with 16 to Fielder’s 15. The kicker? He’s racked those up in 21 fewer games played.

Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

Home Run Total: 13
Average True Distance: 409.5 feet

Five-time All-Star and former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen has seen his power dip quite a bit compared to seasons prior.

He’s still hit a respectable 13 home runs, but his slugging percentage (.488) sits below .500 for the first time since 2011.

Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

Home Run Total: 11
Average True Distance: 409.9 feet

Ian Desmond hit .292/.335/.511 with 25 homers back in 2012, but his production at the dish has been on a steady decline since.

His batting average, OBP and slugging percentage have all made gradual drops for three straight seasons. When he runs into pitches, though, he can still hit them a long way.

Yoenis Cespedes, Detroit Tigers

Home Run Total: 16
Average True Distance: 409.9 feet

After starting his MLB career with the Oakland Athletics and bouncing to the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, Cespedes has once again seen his name floated in trade rumors.

The 29-year-old Cuban is still looking for a steady baseball home, but in the meantime he’s making an impact in the batter’s box. Along with his 16 dingers, Cespedes is hitting .287 (his best average since his rookie campaign).

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Home Run Total: 15
Average True Distance: 410.3 feet

Even though former Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera has been out since early July with a calf injury, his 15 homers at an average of 410.3 feet is one of the best marks in baseball.

As if that isn’t impressive enough, the 32-year-old Venezuelan boasts a ridiculous .350 batting average.

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

Home Run Total: 18
Average True Distance: 410.6 feet

Ryan Braun is trying to go about his business in order to shake his reputation as an admitted PED user, but Milwaukee’s losing ways have kept him out of the spotlight (perhaps for the better).

His .268 average is far below his career mark of .304.

Mark Trumbo, Diamondbacks/ Mariners

Home Run Total: 12
Average True Distance: 411.9 feet

Outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo spent the first 46 games of 2015 playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks where he hit .259 with nine homers. Since getting moved to Seattle, he’s hit .227 with just three home runs.

If Trumbo isn’t hitting for power, he isn’t much of an asset at the plate. His career on-base percentage sits at a paltry .296.

Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Home Run Total: 12
Average True Distance: 413.3 feet

Freddie Freeman’s 12-homer stat line isn’t among the most on this list by any stretch, but he’s certainly launched some moonshots in 2015.

The blast he hit off of Giants reliever Santiago Casilla on May 29 (embedded above) was absolutely crushed to dead center.

Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

Home Run Total: 19
Average True Distance: 413.7 feet

Following the trade that brought Tulo to Toronto, there are now four Blue Jays on the list of most powerful home run hitters. The final representative of Canada’s franchise is Edwin Encarnacion.

The power-hitting first baseman has helped create a feared 1-2 punch with Bautista over the years in Toronto.

Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers

Home Run Total: 15
Average True Distance: 414.7 feet

Prince Fielder may be trailing Mitch Moreland for the team lead in home runs as of July 28, but his round-trippers have been far more impressive from a distance standpoint.

The 31-year-old has come back from neck surgery with a vengeance with a slash line of .336/.405/.511 to accompany his 15 bombs.

Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

Home Run Total: 20
Average True Distance: 415 feet

Carlos Gonzalez, AKA CarGo, has been on a tear in 2015 following the worst campaign of his career a year ago.

Through 90 games, the left-handed hitter has slugged 20 homers at an impressive average true distance.

Lucas Duda, New York Mets

Home Run Total: 14
Average True Distance: 415.6 feet

The New York Mets’ offense has been absolutely abysmal in 2015. If we’re being honest, there haven’t been any bright spots (hence why additions of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe were viewed as offensive upgrades).

Nevertheless, Duda’s power numbers have vaulted him into the top five in the majors from an average distance perspective—not too shabby.

Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates

Home Run Total: 14
Average True Distance: 416.7 feet

There’s no doubting Pedro Alvarez’s immense power with a bat in his hand. It’s the contact part he struggles with.

Though he’s launched 14 deep homers in 90 games, the Pirates first baseman is hitting just .232 with 81 strikeouts. Add his inept fielding to the mix (-1.5 defensive wins above replacement), and the Dominican’s power numbers don’t look nearly as helpful.

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Home Run Total: 27
Average True Distance: 417.6

Giancarlo Stanton is an absolute beast. It seems like highlights of his massive home runs are featured on SportsCenter once a week, which is only slightly hyperbolic given his 27 home runs at an average of 417.6 feet.

He holds the league’s top spot with two homers that have traveled an absurd 484 feet—including this gargantuan blast off a hanging slider. Still, Stanton’s elite power doesn’t come close to approaching the top guy in the ranking in strict terms of average true distance.

Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers

Home Run Total: 21
Average True Distance: 426.8 feet

Joc Pederson may not have come out on top following this year’s Home Run Derby, but what he’s been able to do from a power standpoint during actual game situations is mind-boggling.

The 23-year-old outfielder has hit five homers that have traveled at least 450 feet. Only Stanton (seven) has more. The key distinction between the two is that the bulk of Pederson’s taters (13) have been launched farther than 420 feet. Stanton has 10 such moonshots.

It’s safe to say Dodgers fans don’t miss Matt Kemp, because “Young Joc” has been loads of fun to watch.

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