We are into the top half of the countdown of the longest home runs hit by the Cincinnati Reds during the 2019 season. Coming in at the #5 spot on the list is Aristides Aquino.
This is the third home run that has landed Aristides Aquino on the Top 10 countdown, and it’s the furthest one that he hit in the Major Leagues this season (though he did top it in the minors with a 471-foot monster shot). On August 10th, Aquino took a 97 MPH fastball from Dillon Maples and hit it where very few have hit a baseball at Great American Ballpark.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
The ball came in fast, at 97 MPH. It left even faster. The exit velocity was 107.4 MPH. It was a tough day for Dillon Maples, who came into the game in a mop up role in the 3rd inning – his first game in the Majors in five weeks. It was also his last game in the Majors for the next month. Maples would give up two homers on the day.
Reds Rank: 5th
Major League Baseball Rank: 160th
Aristides Aquino 2019 Rank: 1st
Launch Angle: 26.9°
Exit Velocity: 107.4 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (on home runs): 27th
The Story Behind The Blast
It was a huge day for the Cincinnati Reds. And a big part of that was thanks to Aristides Aquino. The Reds put a hurting on Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs pitching staff, beating them 10-1 and hitting six home runs on the day. Aristides Aquino led off the second inning with a solo home run to put Cincinnati in front. Nick Senzel followed with a homer of his own to extend the lead. In the next inning Aquino came back to the plate and homered again off of Kyle Hendricks to make it 4-0. Before the inning was over, Hendricks was out of the game.
Dillon Maples took over and got the final out of the 3rd. The 4th inning began by serving up a homer to Eugenio Suarez that made it 8-0. After a ground out by Josh VanMeter, Aristides Aquino came back to the plate and saved his longest homer of the day for his final homer of the day. He homered deep into left-center, over the visiting bullpen. It gave him seven home runs in his first 10 games of his career.
August 10th was the fourth consecutive day that he had homered. When the game was over he was hitting .464/.500/1.250 on the season through nine games on the year, with seven of his 13 hits being home runs. That game came in the middle of a run through August that saw him setting new records for most home runs to begin a career (either by games or plate appearances) what felt like every day.