The baseball in Triple-A changed this year to the Major League Baseball. And the hitters in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues have been taking advantage of the juiced baseball. On Saturday it was Louisville Bats first baseman/outfielder Nick Longhi who took his turn crushing baseballs into the ether.
It’s not that he hasn’t been hitting well all season. The 23-year-old entered the day with an .849 OPS for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. But in his 32nd game of the year, the right-handed hitter connected on home runs twice in Buffalo.
The first home run made it’s way out to left field, clearing the wall at an estimated 378 feet. The next one was clobbered to center at an estimated 419 feet. That gave him six home runs on season. It also helped raise his OPS on the year 56 points. Through 32 games, Nick Longhi is now hitting .302/.362/.543 for the Bats with 6 doubles, 2 triples, and 6 homers. He’s turned things up to the next level in May, though. In 12 games during the month he’s hitting an absurd .419/.444/.674 – good for an OPS of 1.119.
Brian Rey finding the power of late
On Saturday afternoon in South Bend Brian Rey hit a solo home run for the Dayton Dragons. It was his first home run of the season, but it was also only his third game of the year. Just a fun little stat, that if you are getting the daily email for your support through Patreon you already saw (and if you aren’t, why not give it a shot?), but Brian Rey went without a home run in his first 42 games played in his career. Then in the last seven games last season he hit two home runs. That gives him three homers over his last 10 games played, dating back to last season. He’s also continued his plan of “never strike out”, too. Last season he struck out 14 times in 193 plate appearances. This season he’s struck out once in 12 plate appearances.