Longest Reds Homers of 2022 #8: Jonathan India
As we continue our countdown of the longest home runs hit by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2022 season, today we move to #8 on the list. Over the past decade or so, we’ve been given the ability to compare distances at home thanks to ball-tracking technologies.
The 8th longest home run of the season in 2022 by a redshirt sophomore was on September 9 by Jonathan India and was estimated to be 433 feet. The home run came off Cincinnati’s own Brent Suter.
The metrics behind the explosion
A left-handed pitcher throwing an 86.7 MPH fastball down the middle of the dead red plate to a right-handed hitter doesn’t tend to do well in college. It definitely doesn’t work well in the big leagues, and Jonathan India did exactly what you’re supposed to do with these kinds of mistakes: squash them. Enter at 87 and exit at 111.
Distance: 433 feet
Classification of reds: 8th
Major League Baseball Rankings: 378th (tie)
Jonathan India Rating: 2
Launch Angle: 24°
Output speed: 110.5 MPH
Reds’ exit velocity ranking (home runs only): 3rd
MLB exit velocity ranking (home runs only): 341st (tie)
The story behind the explosion
Both teams scored early in the game, with the Reds going ahead 5-0 in the first and the Brewers getting two runs back in the third. That 5-2 score is where the game stayed until the top of the ninth inning. TJ Friedl led off the 9th with a line drive to center off Brent Suter, who had just entered the game. India had taken a 0-1 lead, but their second pitch was about as bad as you can get and saw Cincinnati extend their lead to 7-2 as India nearly punted the ball down the back of American Family Field.
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