- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Seattle’s Nelson Cruz has the longest home run in the major leagues this season, and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton has the three longest in the NL, according to the sport’s new Statcast computer system.

MLB announced its first season leaderboards Wednesday. Cruz hit a drive projected at 483 feet against Texas’ Wandy Rodriguez on April 29.

Distance is calculated as the projected landing point at ground level. Stanton hit a homer run projected at 479 feet off St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez on June 23 following 478-foot drives versus Atlanta’s Alex Wood on May 16 and Colorado’s Eddie Butler on June 5.

Rookies Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson had 477-foot homers. Bryant connected off Washington’s Aaron Barrett on May 26 and Pederson went deep against the Rockies’ David Hale on June 2.

Stanton has the five hardest-hit balls in the NL this season, ranging from 118.51 to 120.30 mph. Cruz topped the AL at 118.99 mph, followed by the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (117.71) and the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez (116.54).

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