For the second week in a row it’s Aristides Aquino showing up on the list as we inch closer to the top spot on the list for the longest home run hit by a Cincinnati Reds player in the 2022 season. 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 3rd longest home run of the season in 2022 came on May 23rd by Aristides Aquino. The Punisher homered in Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park on the night with an estimated distance of 439 feet.

The Video

The Metrics Behind The Blast

Chris Martin was on the mound for the Chicago Cubs late in the game and he hung a curveball. That wasn’t a good idea against Aquino on the night as he waited on the 85 MPH pitch and sent it off of the facade to the bleachers at 110 MPH.

Distance Metrics

Distance: 439 Feet

Reds Ranks: 3rd

Major League Baseball Rank: 230th (tie)

Aristides Aquino Rank: 1st

Other Metrics

Launch Angle: 21°

Exit Velocity: 110.1 MPH

Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 4th

MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 408th (tie)

The Story Behind The Blast

Chicago had a a 7-3 lead to start the bottom of the 8th inning and turned the game over to Chris Martin. He had been on a heck of a run, giving up just one run over the last month (12 games). Martin had struck out Joey Votto and Tyler Stephenson to start the inning, but he couldn’t get it done against Aristides Aquino, who took a 1-2 curveball and put it in the seats for the second time in the game after homering in the 6th inning off of starting pitcher Drew Smyly.

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10 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Jimmy, here comes the deuce. And when you speak of me, speak kindly.

    Again, just a fluid, quick swing. I really hope he finds himself overseas.

  2. Jimbo44CN

    Whether some will ever believe it or not, he will be missed. He was painful to watch at times, but oh what potential, and what an arm!

    • Mark Moore

      Agreed, Jimbo. When he was good he was very, very good and fun to watch. But we also remember the extreme downside.

    • LDS

      Agreed, but he 29. Stats wise, he’s better than Senzel, e.g. higher career OPS and OPS+, and certainly more durable. Moving on from AA makes sense to the FO. I’d argue the same could be said of Senzel. We will see how Myers, and the 3 Fs work out. The Reds don’t have a competitive OF.

  3. Old-school

    Aquino had all the tools but just couldn’t sustain things day to day. His power bat and power arm were worth the price of admission however.

    • Harry Stoner

      I thought the Reds had discovered their own Yordan Alvarez when Aquino arrived on the scene.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      He was missing the “can identify pitches quick enough to lay off of them” tool which rendered his bat useless. I guess scouts do not count that as a tool but they should.

      • Old Big Ed

        It might well be the single most valuable tool, and it likely correlates with elite eyesight.

        I’ve always thought that teams should scout, sign and develop hitters with great eyesight, and avoid those without it. I have no idea how that would work as a practical matter, especially on figuring out who to draft and sign.

  4. Harry Stoner

    If your options are the Fs, Myers, Reynolds, Newman and Steer then tossing off Senzel in the off season seems like a petulant, if not hasty, move.

    He’s not going to draw any attention except maybe as a throw-in in a last minute desperate trade for the so-desired overpaid ‘innings nibbler’.

    Let them duke it out in ST.

    Steer and Senzel should compete for 3B until one of the Young Turks push them off.

    • LDS

      That the Reds signed Reynolds and Newman says more about the FO than it does Senzel. Personally, none of them are worth a roster spot. Of course, the three together won’t make what Farmer would have and he was well past his expiration date. Getting used to 90-100 losses per season seems to be our fate.