Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Arizona tomorrow. Some players are already there. And today we’re wrapping up the countdown for the longest home runs by Cincinnati Reds players in the 2023 season. Topping the list is Elly De La Cruz, who took up five of the 10 spots on the list.
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 for much of this offseason we’ve counted down the 10 longest home runs hit by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2023 season with today completing the list.
This home run came in the 9th inning again Xzavion Curry in Cleveland in the final week of the season.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
With a runner on first base, Xzavion Curry thought he could get a curveball for a strike on the outside corner. Unfortunately for him he missed and the curveball came in on the inner third and Elly De La Cruz didn’t miss any part of it. The ball left his bat at 119.2 MPH and landed 467 feet away – deep into the right-center stands.
Distance: 467 Feet
Reds Ranks: 1st
Major League Baseball Rank: 18th (tie)
Elly De La Cruz Rank: 1
Launch Angle: 28°
Exit Velocity: 119.2 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 1st (out of 198)
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 2nd (out of 6162)
The Story Behind The Blast
It had been a tough month for Elly De La Cruz. He hadn’t homered since August 23rd. But he hit a long home run in the 4th inning on this day. Lucas Giolito executed the pitch that his catcher called for, but De La Cruz didn’t care and hit it 420 feet into center field to cut Cleveland’s lead to 6-5. Five innings later the infielder came to the plate with his team in the lead. He was able to turn a 2-run lead into a 4-run lead, picking up a second home run on the day. It was his first multi-homer game in the big leagues. It also turned out to be his final home run of the season.