The countdown continues. This week we jump up to the 4th longest home run hit by the Cincinnati Reds this season, and it was a moonshot from now former outfielder Yasiel Puig.
This home run was the second time that Yasiel Puig made the Top 10 countdown, and it’s the last time he’ll make the list, too. On June 21st he took a Corbin Burnes slider and demolished it into the left-center field seats in Milwaukee.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
The slider left Corbin Burnes hand on the pitchers mound at 85.4 MPH. It left Yasiel Puig’s bat at 108.2 MPH. With two outs and in a 2-2 count in the 8th inning, Puig hit a 2-run homer. Two, apparently, was the magic number here.
Reds Rank: 4th
Major League Baseball Rank: 149th
Yasiel Puig 2019 Rank: 2nd (but 1st with the Reds)
Launch Angle: 23.3°
Exit Velocity: 108.2 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (on home runs): 19th
The Story Behind The Blast
The Reds were up 9-4 at the time, late in the game. The lead seemed safe, but Yasiel Puig wasn’t going to just let the game head to the bottom of the 8th inning without a fight. Corbin Burnes and Yasiel Puig had a little bit of a battle going, sitting in a 2-2 count. But he put a slider on the lower inside third of the plate and the Cincinnati outfielder did not miss it. The ball flew over the bullpen and into the stands beyond it out in left-center field.
Yasiel Puig entered June with a .646 OPS. He slumped through the 10th of the month, but on June 11th he began to go on an absolute year over the next seven weeks. The Reds right fielder was still early in that stretch when he hit this 453-foot home run, but it was a part of a stretch that saw him hit .353/.407/.684 – leading up to his trade to Cleveland at the trade deadline.