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 Video

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 Metrics

Distance: 467 Feet

Reds Ranks: 1st

Major League Baseball Rank: 18th (tie)

Elly De La Cruz Rank: 1

Other Metrics

Launch Angle: 28Β°

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.

You can follow along the entire series here

26 Responses

  1. Greenfield Red

    Here is a guy who wasn’t in the majors all year, went through a prolonged slump/adjustment period when he was in the majors, yet he still hit 5 of his teams 10 longest home runs of the year, and out of more than 6000 home runs hit in all the majors, this one had the 2nd fastest exit velocity. That is impressive, yet it still all comes down to whether or not he can make consistent contact. Interesting for sure.

    • Redsvol

      This guy is must see TV. He’s going to struggle at times but other times he will absolutely take over a game.

      And I hear that he has really added some muscle this off season. Just hope it doesn’t take away from his incredible athleticism or lead to leg issues.

      • MBS

        I heard he was shortening his swing, but I didn’t hear he was adding muscle. I just hope he doesn’t lose that elites speed in the process. It’s so cool to have a guy with arguably the fastest feet, arm, and bat.

      • greenmtred

        His speed is sprint speed and considering what the guys who are elite sprinters usually look like, I doubt that it’s a problem.

      • MBS

        I’m not sure what you think I said. I will clarify, I hope he doesn’t feel the need to bulk up to a point where some of his non power tools become diminished. A lot of young players go through this bulk up phase, especially after their 1st long season.

      • Melvin

        “And I hear that he has really added some muscle this off season.”

        That always worries me when I hear that. If often leads to more injuries as some have pointed out. India did that after his first year if I’m not mistaken. Hopefully it won’t happen this time. Strong but lean is always the best way to go in my view.

  2. Redsvol

    For Athletic subscribers, Eno Sarria has a great story up about breakout pitcher candidates and Hunter Greene is in his spotlight. Fascinating stuff.

    • Oldtimer

      For me, it’s about time Hunter Greene realizes his potential as #2 pick in the 2017 draft. His MLB career has been below average in terms of OPS+ number.

      • Old Big Ed

        Greene has the highest WAR of any high school player taken in the first 5 rounds of that draft.

        People forget that Greene was only 17 when he was drafted and that he really hadn’t pitched that much in high school. He is headed into his age 24 season this year.

        I agree that he needs to take a step up this season, but there is little reason to think that he won’t.

    • BK

      Yes, good article. Also, there are a couple of other Reds starters (Lodolo and Ashcraft) on the shortlist of 15 pitchers from which Greene got a write-up. Harris, “This is basically a list of the most exciting young starters in baseball.”

      • Brian

        I love it. Exciting times when they have 3 (and more coming?) young guys with tantalizing stuff. I think at least 1 of the 3 will break out this year. Hope injuries don’t prevent them from putting together monster seasons.

      • Old Big Ed

        We all pretty much thought that they would emerge last year, and all of them did on occasion. The good news is that none of the 3 had arm injuries last season, but instead leg/hip/toe issues that should not repeat this year.

    • DaveCT

      Greene *should* be poised to improve and, hopefully, break out. 36 career starts and 237 innings is about the equivalent of one and a quarter season in todays game (@175 innings). Fun fact: Greene has 237 career innings and a career average of batted balls against of … 0.237.

  3. Mark Moore

    The rankings for this on the MLB scale are pretty impressive. What a smash!

    Thanks for this series, Doug. Looking forward things getting rolling tomorrow and to see who from the non-pitcher roster shows up and starts working on 2024.

  4. Oldtimer

    ELDC has superstar potential. The most of any 2024 Red, I think.

    • JayTheRed

      Don’t count out Marte or one of the young pitchers just yet.

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    I hope EDLC will hit a 490 feet blast this season…

    • greenmtred

      I’d settle for fifty more modest ones.

      • JayTheRed

        I’m with you. Makes zero difference to me how far they go as long as its over the wall.

  6. MK

    Off the subject but with Pitchers and Catchers set to start tomorrow have the other teams told Joe V we he should have already decided. It is time to hang β€˜em up.

    • Greenfield Red

      I’m ready for some baseball MK. I was just looking at the Reds 40 man roster. Assuming not too many injuries, you can see Louisville’s rotation, half its bullpen, and three outfielders on that roster. Barerro still to be decided. I’d like for Harrison to stick somehow. I guess the bullpen will be sorted by who has options.

  7. Mark Moore

    I noticed the ball didn’t “have a family” … πŸ˜€

    • Melvin

      haha I wandered about that. πŸ˜€

    • Old Big Ed

      He didn’t have time to say it.

    • JayTheRed

      I don’t have a problem with Sadek as many do, but sometimes his comments are a bit bizarre to say the least. I like his energy and the guy is very prepared each game.

      Larkin on the other hand is not a very good announcer. He repeats the same comments often and sometimes doesn’t even seem to know what to say about situations within the game. Loved the guy as a player but announcing a game is probably not the best job for him.

      • Melvin

        “I don’t have a problem with Sadek as many do, but sometimes his comments are a bit bizarre to say the least.”

        He likes being on all the replay highlights on all the stations the next day? πŸ˜‰ Perhaps he’s looking for greener pastures eventually? πŸ™‚