For the third time in four weeks we are talking about a very long home run hit by Tyler Naquin. He tied himself for spots #4 and #5 on the list with 454-foot home runs hit in early April. Today he makes his final appearance on the list of the 10 longest homers hit by Cincinnati Reds players in 2021. In late May he deposited a baseball thrown by Adrian Houser 459 feet into left-center that landed a few rows from the top of the sundeck at Great American Ballpark.

The Video

The Metrics Behind The Blast

Adrian Houser thought he could sneak a 92 MPH sinker by Tyler Naquin to even the count up at 1-1. Things didn’t go according to his plan on this one as Naquin slugged the ball deep into the outfield seats. It left his bat at 113 MPH and was projected at 459 feet.

Distance Metrics

Distance: 459 feet

Reds Rank: 2nd

Major League Baseball Rank: 70th (tie)

Tyler Naquin Rank: 1st

Other Metrics

Launch Angle: 24°

Exit Velocity: 112.6 MPH

Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 5th out of 222

MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 162nd (tie) out of 5935

The Story Behind The Blast

Cincinnati and Milwaukee both entered the game under .500 in late May. Tyler Naquin came to the plate with two men on in the bottom of the first inning of a scoreless game and he did damage as he began to climb out of a slump he had been in for over a month. The Reds outfielder eviscerated the baseball thrown plateward by Adrian Houser and quickly put Cincinnati up 3-0 on the ball that nearly left the stadium, and the state of Ohio. The homer put the Reds ahead for good as they would play add on throughout the game and pick up a 9-4 win over the Brewers.

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3 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Eviscerated is right. As Crash Davis would say, “Anything traveling that far ought to have a stewardess.”

    Thanks again, Doug, for this series.