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 Video

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 Metrics

Distance: 458 Feet

Reds Ranks: 2nd

Major League Baseball Rank: 59th (tie)

Elly De La Cruz Rank: 2

Other Metrics

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.

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12 Responses

  1. Oldtimer

    (in my best Marty Brennaman voice using his phrase) He Hit It A Bunch!

  2. DataDumpster

    That was quite a blast and at least the 3rd time in this series of 9 thus far where “that ball had a family”. No thanks on that, but what a blast to introduce yourself. Hope Elly gets a better discipline and handle on that outside curve ball. It is just as important that this man get to 1B more often than produce the occasional wallop.

    • Mark Moore

      Yeah, I noticed that little catch phrase. Definitely not a fan 😀

    • JayTheRed

      Yes, agree I don’t like the phrase either.

    • VaRedsFan

      It was the 1st time the phrase was used, and I thought it was a brilliant call.
      But once it was used once, it can’t be used again.

  3. Grand Salami

    For one player (and a rookie, 21 year old at that) to dominate the top of this list so thoroughly speaks to his worlds of potential.

    If he even starts to put it together this year in terms of contact (say .260 avg and sub 25%k rate) he’ll have all star level production.

    • Stock

      I think the thing he needs to improve the most is his launch angle. Luckily that is a fairly easy adjustment.

      If he improves his launch angle to 15% and improves his K% from 33% to 30% he will be a superstar.

  4. Mark Moore

    Almost cleared the stadium … I wonder if he’ll hit the Tundra in 2024 (not the sign, the actual truck).

    • greenmtred

      The winner of the truck would have some body repair work to attend to.

      • Doc

        I’d have EDLC sign the damage, then never get it fixed!

    • JeffinTN

      He nearly got the Toyota Sequoia in Milwaukee with blast number 3.
      That was the karma shot after the scoreboard taunting ‘but didn’t’…