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 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: 439 Feet
Reds Ranks: 3rd
Major League Baseball Rank: 230th (tie)
Aristides Aquino Rank: 1st
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.