We’re almost to the top of the list, but not quite to the very top. This week we’re looking at the second spot on the list for longest home runs 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 2nd longest home run of the season in 2022 came on August 9th by Jake Fraley. His home run went 439 feet in New York against the Mets Carlos Carrasco.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
Carlos Carrasco had a shutout going in the top of the 7th inning, but Jake Fraley got a change up in the middle of the zone and he didn’t miss. The 85 MPH pitch left at 107 MPH and gave his teammates in the bullpen a souvenir from the big apple.
Distance: 439 Feet
Reds Ranks: 2nd
Major League Baseball Rank: 230th (tie)
Jake Fraley Rank: 1st
Launch Angle: 33°
Exit Velocity: 107.1 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 17th
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 1287th (tie)
The Story Behind The Blast
Entering the 7th inning the Mets led 4-0 with Carlos Carrasco holding onto a shutout. Donovan Solano led off the frame with a single into left field. After Aristides Aquino flew out to left field, Jake Fraley came to the plate. He got ahead 2-0 in the count before a change up hung dead red in the middle of the plate and he did not miss it, connecting for his third home run of the season, and his second in the last two weeks after being recalled from Triple-A. From that day moving forward, Fraley hit .279/.369/.520 to complete the season.