This week we’re at the 7th spot on the list of the longest home runs hit by a Cincinnati Reds player in the 2023 season. Showing up for the first time, but not the last time on this countdown, is Elly De La Cruz.

Over the last decade or so we have been able to measure home run distances with *some* accuracy. Thanks to ball tracking in the big leagues we can compare 1-to-1 how far a baseball went. Every Monday (except Christmas week) for the next few months we’re going to be counting down the 10 longest home runs hit by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2023 season.

This week’s homer by Elly De La Cruz came on August 13th. The home run came in the top of the 3rd inning off of Andre Jackson and tied the game up.

The Video

The Metrics Behind The Blast

Elly De La Cruz got ahead in the count and Andre Jackson tried to get a fastball by him, but things didn’t go as planned as the Reds infielder got all of it and sent a souvenir to his teammates in the bullpen out in center, 442 feet away at 110.6 MPH.

Distance Metrics

Distance: 442 Feet

Reds Ranks: 7th

Major League Baseball Rank: 241st (tie)

Elly De La Cruz Rank: 5

Other Metrics

Launch Angle: 26°

Exit Velocity: 110.6 MPH

Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 9th (out of 198)

MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 409th (out of 6162)

The Story Behind The Blast

Cincinnati and Pittsburgh played a doubleheader on the day and the Pirates had already grabbed the first game. They also scored in each of the first two innings of the second game and held a 3-2 lead before De La Cruz stepped up to the plate. After going 0-4 with four strikeouts in the first game, he had singled in the first inning. This time around he made sure his hit really counted, clobbering his first home run in over a week after hitting homers in back-to-back games on August 3rd and 4th.

That homer was the last time Cincinnati scored until tying the game up in the 8th inning. The game would go into extras and the Reds would take a 6-5 lead and hold on for the win by that same score.

You can follow along the entire series here

8 Responses

  1. RedsGettingBetter

    This moonshot was hit really on August 13th not on July 2nd according to the schedule… Maybe a copy&paste miscue or just a matter of happy new year party effect…

    • Doug Gray

      Feeling pretty confident it was simply a “read the wrong cell in my Excel spreadsheet” rather than a copy/paste issue.

    • JayTheRed

      That just goes to show that several of the remaining top 6 home runs will be by ELDC.

      • Doug Gray

        If you haven’t looked at the list then I bet you’re going to be surprised at the other two players on it.

  2. DaveCT

    There are some guys where it just sounds different when they hit the ball

  3. Rednat

    The strength of this team is its young pitching staff. If players like EDLC can provide at least a little bit of consistent offense this year i think we will be fine if you look last year after the all star break in July and August the pitching was great but the offense really fizzled out. That cost us a playoff spot for sure.

    • Oldtimer

      Actually that’s the biggest question mark. The Reds SP were a combined 95 ERA+ (below average) in 2023. They have to improve if the Reds are to contend.