As we near the start of spring training we also near the end of the countdown. This week we get to the 2nd spot on the list of the longest home runs hit by a Cincinnati Reds player in the 2023 season. Making another appearance on the list 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 June 7th. The homer came in the bottom of the 1st inning off of Noah Syndergaard.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
Noah Syndergaard’s fastball isn’t what it used to be and his 91.9 MPH fastball up and in wasn’t enough to get it done on this day. Elly De La Cruz turned on the ball and clobbered it 458 feet into the last few rows of the stadium in right field, leaving his bat at 114.8 MPH.
Distance: 458 Feet
Reds Ranks: 2nd
Major League Baseball Rank: 59th (tie)
Elly De La Cruz Rank: 2
Launch Angle: 35°
Exit Velocity: 114.8 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 2nd (out of 198)
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 36th (out of 6162)
The Story Behind The Blast
The day before was the debut for Elly De La Cruz. He went 1-3 with two walks, a double, and a run. It was just a teaser for what was to come the next day. After the Dodgers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st, De La Cruz tied things up in the bottom of the inning with his first home run of his career, and he almost hit it out of the ballpark. The Reds young shortstop had announced his presence with authority. He’d pick up another hit later in the game – a triple – as over the first two days of his big league career he showed tools and athleticism that were hardly rivaled throughout the game.