Continuing our countdown of the longest home runs hit by Cincinnati Reds in the 2022 season we move on to the number six 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, making lists like this a lot more fun to look at because there’s not nearly as much guesswork on it as there used to be.
The 6th longest home run of the year in 2022 by a Red was on August 20th by Jake Fraley. The lefty hit the ball an estimated 437 feet.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
Tyler Beede was not having a good start and things got worse when he hung an 89 MPH slider in the middle of the strikezone against Jake Fraley, who turned it around at 110 MPH and sent it somewhere towards California.
Distance: 437 Feet
Reds Ranks: 6th
Major League Baseball Rank: 273rd (tie)
Jake Fraley Rank: 2nd
Launch Angle: 30°
Exit Velocity: 110.0 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 5th
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 426th (tie)
The Story Behind The Blast
The Reds were up 1-0 when the 4th inning began. Austin Romine made it 3-0 with a 2-run double and that brought Jake Fraley to the plate. Tyler Beede served up a slider in the middle of the plate and Fraley unloaded on it and put it into the river for a 2-run homer to give Cincinnati a 5-0 lead. It would be the only hit of the day for Fraley, but he drew two walks and made his lone hit count. The rumors that the baseball arrived in Cincinnati before the Reds got back in town could not be confirmed.