I know what you’re thinking: The month isn’t over, dummy! And hey, you are right. There’s still a full series left in May. But the last time that I updated the longest home run list was April 24th and I had meant for it to be up every two weeks. Turns out that I forgot to publish it two weeks ago, so we’re just going to look at the home runs from the last month and hopefully in two weeks I won’t forget to update the list.

I track the distance of the home runs in three ways: The Trackman system at the ballpark, the Hawkeye system at the ballpark, and with the use of video replay and google maps measurement tool. Each system has some limitation to it (and we will get to that below with a good example). Over the past handful of years I’ve been doing this kind of tracking, and generally speaking, the systems are usually within 5-10 feet of each other.

The Longest Home Runs from April 26-May 23rd

1. Allan Cerda – 457 Feet (Trackman)

Unfortunately this was a road home run and unfortunately there’s no video that I can share.

2. Austin Hendrick – 439 Feet (Trackman)

3. Elly De La Cruz – 433 Feet (Trackman)

Like the home run from Allan Cerda, this one came on the road and there’s no video to share of it.

4. Trey Amburgey – 433 Feet (Trackman)

5. Cristian Santana – 432 Feet (Trackman)

Special Addition

Jose Torres

Watch the video

Unless my eyes are liars, that baseball went into those trees. Those trees are out of the ballpark and across the street.

The official data from the Trackman system said 427 feet with a launch angle of 33° and an exit velocity of 100 MPH. The box score from that day said the wind was blowing out at 18 MPH. Trackman does not track the baseball the entire way off of the bat. It only goes so far and it uses a mathematical formula based on exit velocity and launch angle. That can cause some issues at times. Without getting into too many details on it, it can be incorrect by 20-30 feet before accounting for the wind.

Putting all of that together, let’s take a look at that home run.

That first red circle is 427 feet from home plate. We can easily tell in the video that it didn’t land there. That second red circle is the tree line where it appears that the baseball landed. Perhaps the video just wasn’t crisp enough and it’s playing tricks on us, but it does seem very clear that the ball landed outside of the stadium. Just to clear the stadium, it’s 465 feet.

Here’s the video again – but this time I’ve slowed it down and drawn some circles where it looks like the ball both goes into the trees and then bounces in the parking lot…..

This is going to be one of those stories that we’ll probably never have a perfect answer for. But from where I’m at – Trackman got this thing wrong. I’m not entirely sure how to do the math to figure out all of the things that would have needed to happen to make the ball go 75-90 feet further than the Trackman projected, but that’s certainly what seems to have happened here unless I’m just completely missing how a baseball would have bounced before I can first see it in the video above, and bounced 75 feet in the air, to only then bounce through the tree and onto that parking lot with enough force to also have itself a very big bounce. It just doesn’t track.

With all of that said, I don’t really know how to handle placing this home run. When the Trackman data is available, I go with it. When it’s not, and I’ve got video, I go with the video and google maps measurement tool. I’ve got both here and they are very, very different.

The Top 25 Homers from the last month

Date Player Level Feet System
5/14 Allan Cerda A+ 457 Trackman
5/5 Austin Hendrick A 439 Trackman
5/12 Elly De La Cruz A+ 433 Trackman
5/18 Trey Amburgey AAA 433 Trackman
5/22 Cristian Santana AAA 432 Trackman
5/13 Jose Torres A+ 429 Trackman
5/20 Jose Torres A 427 Trackman
5/14 Aristides Aquino AAA 425 Trackman
5/22 Jake Bauers AAA 417 Trackman
5/7 Robbie Tenerowicz AA 416 Google Maps
5/22 Steven Leyton A 416 Trackman
5/8 Aristides Aquino AAA 415 Google Maps
5/15 Elly De La Cruz A+ 415 Trackman
5/1 Matt McLain AA 414 Google Maps
5/19 Austin Hendrick A 414 Trackman
5/4 Austin Hendrick A 413 Trackman
5/14 Alex McGarry A+ 413 Trackman
5/4 Rece Hinds A+ 411 Trackman
5/8 Cristian Santana AAA 411 Google Maps
5/11 Taylor Motter AAA 411 Google Maps
5/7 Alex McGarry A+ 410 Trackman
5/10 Aristides Aquino AAA 410 Google Maps
5/3 Danny Lantigua A 409 Trackman
5/3 Ruben Ibarra A 409 Trackman
5/4 Rece Hinds A+ 409 Trackman
5/22 Trey Amburgey AAA 409 Trackman

(Editors Note: I am missing data on 15 of the 99 home runs hit in this span – mostly from Chattanooga, where the camera operators don’t track the ball and instead zoom in on the outfielders without anything above the wall showing, missing more than half of the home runs hit in the home ballpark)

Top 10 Home Runs on the Season

Date Player Level Distance System
5/14 Allan Cerda A+ 457 Trackman
4/24 Allan Cerda A+ 445 Trackman
4/13 Ronnie Dawson AAA 443 Google Maps
5/5 Austin Hendrick A 439 Trackman
5/12 Elly De La Cruz A+ 433 Trackman
5/18 Trey Amburgey AAA 433 Trackman
4/24 Nick Quintana A+ 432 Trackman
5/22 Cristian Santana AAA 432 Trackman
4/23 Alex McGarry A+ 431 Trackman
5/13 Jose Torres A+ 429 Trackman


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8 Responses

  1. Michael P

    Looking at the Torres dinger, the young fan even turned and looked to his right upon impact and then started running toward the souvenir. I think you are correct Doug, Trackman got this wrong. Torres has looked real good. The question was his bat and that has taken a leap forward in 2022.

  2. DaveCT

    The tweet with the video on Hendricks provides some background on his promotion. No time better than the present, I suppose.

    • MK

      Hendricks looked a little too cocky for someone with his overall production to this point.

  3. MK

    Hendricks looked a little too cocky for someone with his overall production to this point.

  4. Hunt4RedsOct

    Ivan Johnson in the Chattanooga lineup

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    Alan Cerda seems to be the Reds minors leagues power man according to this stats. Cerda is going step by step in his development not so fast with still a ton of Ks at A+ level but there are high hopes on him..

  6. Tom W

    I watched Hendricks in 2 games in Clearwater recently. It is a small sample however he looked terrible at the plate. 3 strike outs in one of the games barely making any contact with the baseball. I also watched him in several games last year in Clearwater and he just does not make much contact. I’m not a professional scout but i did sleep at a Holiday Inn. There were no rooms for Hendricks. Personally i find it hard to believe he was a number one pick. I hope he proves me wrong.