As a regular reader of this here digital production you probably know that during the season I keep track of the distance for as many home runs hit on the Cincinnati Reds farm system as possible. While the information isn’t available on all of them, in each of the last two seasons I’ve been able to get information on over 80% of them – and over 90% of them from the full season teams. On Friday night Nick Longhi took over the lead for the longest home run of the season on the Reds farm system.
This isn’t the first home run that I’ve seen that’s left Louisville Slugger Field. But it is the first one that wasn’t pulled down the line in left field that I’ve seen leave Louisville Slugger Field. Longhi, who is now hitting .302/.364/.543 with 7 home runs, unloaded on that baseball. The official estimate from the Louisville Bats was 459 feet. That’s a big step up from the next longest home run of the season that’s been tracked thus far – topping the 447 foot shot hit by Ibandel Isabel at the end of the first week of the season. It’s also the longest home run of the year in the entire organization, including the Major Leagues.
Nick Longhi got out to a bit of a slow start this season. In April he showed some power, but the hits weren’t quite falling in for the 23-year-old. His line on the month was just .233/.317/.466. But he’s absolutely gone wild in the month of May. In 17 games played he’s hitting .393/.426/.643 with 2 doubles and 4 home runs.
Ibandel Isabel homers in his 4th straight game
Last season saw Ibandel Isabel break the long-standing Florida State League home run record when he hit 35 for the Daytona Tortugas. The record had stood for 68 years, dating back to 1950 when Edward Levy hit 33. In 1971 that record was tied by James Fuller. For Isabel it wasn’t easy to do, for obvious reasons – that’s a ton of home runs and it’s in the most pitcher friendly league in minor league baseball. But he also didn’t play his first game in the Florida State League until April 19th when he was acquired via trade from the Dodgers.
This season he’s doing it again, but this time with the Chattanooga Lookouts. On Friday night he once again homered, making it four home runs in his last four games. He’s now atop of the Southern League leaderboard in homers with 12. The single season home run record is going to take a lot to get to – it’s 42, set by Tim Laudner back in 1981. But there’s a chance, though probably just as tough to reach, that Isabel could get to the record for most consecutive games with a home run. He will need to home in each game this weekend to match Derrek Lee‘s mark of 6 that he set in 1996.