10 Shortest MLB Home Runs of Current Year

Do you know that the shortest MLB home run is just 24 inches, hit by Andy Oyler back in 1900?

The term “size doesn’t matter” is accurate in this context. That record set by Andy Oyler to date is the shortest in MLB history.

The home run in modern baseball is when the ball flies over the outfield fence without touching the ground. A home run takes place when a batter hits the ball fairly and scores on the play without errors.

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MLB home run Derby (Source: Wikimedia.org)

For every batter, home runs can help to evaluate the hitter’s power. In addition, it is a popular aspect of baseball, and fans of this sport love to see a good home run. Consequently, the most prolific home run hitters are paid the highest by the team as well.

Which are the other shortest MLB home runs performed by the players in recent years?

Today, to answer your queries, we have made a list of the 10 shortest MLB home runs of 2021.

Without any further delay, let’s take a look.

10 Shortest MLB Home Runs of 2021

The information and details presented here are taken from the official sports website MLB.com.

Before diving into the details of the list, let us take a quick overlook at this table.

Name of PlayersHome Run Distance
10. Austin Meadow337 Feet
9. Jemier Candelario337 Feet
8. Alec Bohm337 Feet
7. Aramis Garcia336 Feet
6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr.335 Feet
5. Trent Grisham335 Feet
4. Eduardo Escobar335 Feet
3. José Altuve330 Feet
2. Rougned Odor328 Feet
1. Carlos Correa310 Feet

10. Austin Meadow

  • Home run: 337 feet
  • Team: Tampa Bay Rays

On our number ten is 26 year old Austin Wade Meadows. Austin is an American professional baseball outfielder playing for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Meadows first made his MLB debut back in 2018 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then in 2018, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays.

In a game against the New York Yankees, played in the Tropicana Field, Meadows hit the 337 feet home run shot. Tropicana Field is the home arena for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Austin Meadow solo homered off Domingo Germán. The line-drive home run to the right-field gave Tampa Bay an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The home run helped the rays emerge victorious against the Yankees with a 4-0.

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9. Jemier Candelario

  • Home run: 337 feet
  • Team: Detroit Tigers

The next player with the shortest MLB home run is the 28 year old American professional baseball third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, Jeimer Candelario.

Candelario made his first MLB debut back in 2016, playing for the Chicago Cubs. Then in 2017, Jemier was traded along with Isaac Paredes to the Detroit Tigers. He has signed a one-year, $2.85 million contract with the tiger this 2021.

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Jeimer Candelario of Detroit Tigers (Source: Flickr.com)

The game was against the Baltimore Orioles in their home stadium, the Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The two-run shot by Candelario flew to the right side of the field with a speed velocity of 87mph. He hit 16 home runs and .271 for the season 2021. The Tigers won over the Orioles by 9-4 in that game.

8. Alec Bohm

  • Home run: 337 feet
  • Team: Philadelphia Phillies

The 25 year old American professional baseball third baseman, Alec Daniel Bohm, is eighth on our list. Bohm plays for the Philadelphia Phillies of the MLB.

Bohm first made his debut in the MLB in 2020 for the Phillies. The Phillies selected and signed him back in the 2018 MLB draft.

The game took place in the Citizens Bank Park, which is Phillies’ very own home arena. The solo homer with a solo shot traveled with 91mph velocity to the right field in the 4th.

The Phillies won the game by 5-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

7. Aramis Garcia

  • Home run: 336 feet
  • Team: Oakland Athletics

One of the free-agent players of the MLB is the American professional baseball catcher Aramis Michael Garcia. The 28 year-old Garcia first made his MLB debut in 2018 for the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants traded Garcia to the Oakland Athletics on February 6, 2021. Garcia hit the solo home run in a game against the Seattle Mariners.

The game was played in the home stadium of the Seattle Mariners, T-Mobile Park. The ball hit by Garcia traveled with 94mph velocity heading for the corner of the right field.

Aramis Garcia’s solo home run tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the 7th inning.

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6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

  • Home run: 335 feet
  • Team: San Diego Padres

Moving on, ranked as one of the top international prospects, 28 year-old Lourdes Yunielkei Gourriel Castillo Jr. is on our sixth number.

Gurriel is a Cuban professional baseball left fielder playing for the Toronto Blue Jays of MLB. Born in Cuba, he made his first MLB debut in 2018 for Toronto.

Gurriel Jr. hit the 335 feet, two-run home run in the game against the Boston Red Sox that was played in the home stadium to the Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Center.

The Red Sox had already lost six of their seven games before coming to the Rogers Center to face the Blue Jays. However, the Blue Jays used a nine-run fifth inning to defeat Boston by 12-4.

In the same game, Gurriel hit his 12th homer and the Blue Jays 165th homer.

5. Trent Grisham

  • Home run: 335 feet
  • Team: San Diego Padres

On our fifth list of the shortest home runs of 2021 is the 335 feet two-run home run by the San Diego Padres’ Trent Grisham.

Grisham is a 25 year old American professional baseball outfielder for the San Diego Padres of MLB.

He debuted in the MLB with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. Later the Milwaukee traded him to the Padres in 2020.

This home run by Trent was performed in the home arena of the Padres, Petco Park, San Diego, California.

During the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Grisham opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with this homered to the right field. The Padres won the game to a 6-2 win against the Diamondbacks.

4. Eduardo Escobar

  • Home run: 335 feet
  • Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Eduardo José Escobar is a 32 year-old Venezuelan professional baseball player for the MLB.

Escobar made his MLB debut back in 2011 for the Chicago White Sox. Then, he was traded to Minnesota Twins in 2012 and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018.

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Eduardo Escobar while playing for the Minnesota Twins (Source: WIkimedia.org)

In the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in their home stadium (Dodger Stadium), Escobar hit a home run that was 335 feet.  It was a two-run homered to the right.

Although the home run put the Diamondbacks in front, 2-1, the Dodger ultimately won the game. They defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks by 3-2.

Later, Eduardo was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on July 28, 2021, in exchange for Alberto Cipriam and Cooper Hummel.

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3. José Altuve

  • Home run: 330 feet
  • Team: Houston Astros

The third player on our list of the 10 shortest MLB home runs is Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for the Houston Astros, 31 year old José Carlos Altuve.

Altuve is one of the shortest active MLB players with a height of 5-feet-6inches. The Astros signed him as an amateur free agent in 2007. However, only in 2011 did Altuve make his MLB debut.

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Jose Altuve of Houston Astros (Source: Wikimedia.org)

In the game against the Boston Red Sox played in the Minute Maid Park, Altuve’s home run came in the sixth inning. The ball hit the top of the scoreboard and went off the wall, 330 feet with 88mph velocity.

Similarly, the home run he hit in the venue made it to his 849th career hit in the stadium. It tied him for the most hits by the Astro in the stadium along with Lance Berkman.

2. Rougned Odor

  • Home run: 328 feet
  • Team: New York Yankees

Playing for the New York Yankees, the 27 year-old Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman, Rodugned Roberto Odor (nicknamed “Rougie”), is the second on our list with the home run that was 328 feet.

Odor debuted in the MLB with the Texas Rangers in 2014. The Rangers traded him to the Yankees in 2021.

In the game against the Seattle Mariners, Odor managed to drop down to one knee and lift the low ball. Amazingly, the low slider went just over the wall in the right field.

The pitch performed by Rougned was the second-lowest performed by a Yankees player in the pitch-tracking era since 2008.

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Since 2015 only two other home run by the Yankees player have been softer-hit tracked by Statcast other than Rougned.

1. Carlos Correa

  • Home run: 310 feet
  • Team: Houston Astros

The number one among all 10 shortest MLB home runs of 2021 is the Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop playing for the Houston Astros, Carlos Correa.

Born as Carlos Javier Correa Oppenheimer, he was selected in the 2012 MLB draft by the Astros.

Now 27 year old Correa first made his debut in MLB in 2015. He was an immediate success and managed to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Carlos Correa playing for the Astros at Orioles on August 8, 2016 (Source: Wikimedia.org)

Correa managed to hit a stunning home run while playing against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. It was the shortest home run of the season and was just 310 feet home.

This homerun was Carlo’s eleventh home run of the season, gave the Astros’ 1-0 lead in the game, and was an RBI double in the 2nd.

Likewise, Correa also scored his 100th run on the season and became the first shortstop of Astro’s ever to score 100 runs in a season.

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Conclusion

Baseball is a very social fan sport. You can go to the game alone, and by the time you leave the game, you will have made a few good friends.

The excitement of a home run when a ball flies into the air and out to the crowd is truly unmatched. In recent years MLB has seen a boom in home runs. This has also spiked the excitement and satisfaction of baseball fans and audiences alike.

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