Jesse Winker only shows up in the Cincinnati Reds top 10 longest home runs of the 2021 season once, but he made it count. The left-handed slugging outfielder homered in mid-May off of the top of the power stacks in center off of Brewers starter Freddy Peralta.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
Freddy Peralta attempted to go up in the zone with a 94 MPH fastball and get it by Jesse Winker. Cincinnati’s outfielder had other ideas and in this plate appearance it was his idea that won out as he took the 2-0 pitch and sent it 456 feet towards the Ohio River at 109 MPH.
Distance: 456 feet
Reds Rank: 3rd
Major League Baseball Rank: 89th (tie)
Jesse Winker Rank: 1st
Launch Angle: 29°
Exit Velocity: 109.2 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 27th (tie) out of 222
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 798th (tie) out of 5935
The Story Behind The Blast
Jesse Winker was a 1-man wrecking crew in a home series against the Milwaukee Brewers in late May. On the first day of the series he went 4-4 with three home runs and a walk. The next day he added another solo home run. On Sunday he faced off against Freddy Peralta, who entered the day with a 2.40 ERA through nine starts. The Brewers starter hadn’t allowed a home run in either of his previous two starts and had given up just three hits in those 13.0 innings as he dominated both the Cardinals and Braves. But it was Jesse Winker’s hot bat that won out in their match up in the 3rd inning as he demolished the 2-0 fastball off of the “Cincinnati” part of the power stacks out in centerfield just beyond section 145.
The home run capped off a huge series for Winker that saw him raise his OPS to 1.096 on the season through 39 games. His hot start to the season earned him his first All-Star appearance of his career and the series against Milwaukee had plenty to do with that.