Two weeks ago we kicked off this series, but we had to skip last week as there were more pressing things that needed publishing that were time sensitive. We’re back today, though, and Stuart Fairchild is also back after kicking off the list at #10. Only in the last decade or so, though, have we truly been able to measure their distance with *some* accuracy. Thanks to ball tracking in the big leagues we can compare 1-to-1 how far a baseball went. Every week for the next few months we’re going to be counting down the 10 longest home runs hit by the Cincinnati Reds in 2022.
The 9th longest home run of the season in 2022 by a Red was on August 28th by Stuart Fairchild and was projected a foot further than the one he hit the next day that was 10th on the list. This home run came off of Patrick Corbin to lead off the 2nd inning.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
A 93.9 MPH sinker that sunk right into the middle of the strikezone didn’t work out for Patrick Corbin on this one. Those kinds of pitches rarely do. Fairchild crushed it, sending it to center at 107 MPH off of the bat.
Distance: 432 Feet
Reds Ranks: 9th
Major League Baseball Rank: 409th (tie)
Stuart Fairchild Rank: 1
Launch Angle: 29°
Exit Velocity: 106.6 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 25th (out of 156)
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 1507th – Tie (out of 5214)
The Story Behind The Blast
Cincinnati got to Patrick Corbin in the 1st inning with the help of an error, grabbing a 1-0 lead. Stuart Fairchild was up to lead off the 2nd inning and he was able to extend the lead with a long home run against Corbin. That would be the last run the Reds scored on the day as the Nationals came back to win 3-2 and Corbin picked up the win to move to 5-17 on the season.