As we continue our countdown of the longest home runs hit by Cincinnati Reds in the 2022 season we move on to the 8th spot on the list today. Over the last decade or so we’ve been given the ability to at least *sort of* be able to compare the distances on home runs thanks to ball tracking technologies.
The 8th longest home run of the season in 2022 by a Red was on September 9th by Jonathan India and it went an estimated 433 feet. The home run came off of Cincinnati’s own Brent Suter.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
A left-handed pitcher throwing an 86.7 MPH fastball dead-red middle of the plate to a right-handed hitter doesn’t tend to work well in college. It definitely doesn’t work well in the big leagues and Jonathan India did exactly what you’re supposed to do with those kinds of mistakes – crush them. In at 87 and out at 111.
Distance: 433 Feet
Reds Ranks: 8th
Major League Baseball Rank: 378th (tie)
Jonathan India Rank: 2
Launch Angle: 24°
Exit Velocity: 110.5 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 3rd
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 341st (tie)
The Story Behind The Blast
Both teams scored early in the game with the Reds taking a 5-0 lead in the 1st and the Brewers getting two runs back int he 3rd. That 5-2 score is where the game remained until the top of the 9th inning. TJ Friedl led off the 9th with a line drive into center off of Brent Suter, who had just entered the game. He had gotten ahead of India 0-1, but his second pitch was about as bad of a pitch you can make and it led to Cincinnati extending their lead to 7-2 as India nearly hit the ball through the back of American Family Field.