Reds Minor Leagues: Longest homers in April Doug Gray May 8, 2019 2 Comments The month of April ended eight days ago. But getting all of the information and video taken care of to put together the information took me a little bit more time than usual. Every two weeks (or in this case, three) I will have a list of the longest home runs hit in that stretch, as well as the longest 10 home runs of the season up to that point. Some of the home runs hit are given distances via Trackman, which is at all of the stadiums. That information is not always available, though – particularly for road games where it can he hit-or-miss on whether I can get that information. Fortunately there’s also plenty of video today, and I use that combined with google maps measurement tool to track the distances on home runs, too. Some home runs don’t have any data, unfortunately. The second installation this year of the series has a whole lot more to work with than the first one. We’ve got distances for 70 home runs hit during the month of April, and 49 of those are from the most recent stretch of time. 26 of those home runs went at least 400 feet. Here they are: Date Hitter Distance 4/24/19 Ibandel Isabel 438 4/16/19 Bren Spillane 434 4/25/19 Gavin LaValley 428 4/29/19 Tyler Stephenson 428 4/17/19 Taylor Trammell 425 4/27/19 Ibandel Isabel 422 4/25/19 Jonathan India 420 4/26/19 Courtney Hawkins 420 4/26/19 Sherman Johnson 416 4/29/19 Josh VanMeter 412 4/27/19 Ibandel Isabel 411 4/20/19 Carlos Rivero 410 4/18/19 Rob Refsnyder 409 4/22/19 Mariel Bautista 409 4/18/19 Aristides Aquino 408 4/24/19 Hendrik Clementina 407 4/29/19 Brian O’Grady 407 4/16/19 Josh VanMeter 406 4/28/19 TJ Friedl 406 4/25/19 Josh VanMeter 405 4/29/19 Josh VanMeter 404 4/16/19 Ibandel Isabel 403 4/17/19 Christian Colon 401 4/23/19 Pabel Manzanero 401 4/28/19 Juan Martinez 401 4/25/19 Ibandel Isabel 400 At the top of the list for the second half of April is Ibandel Isabel’s 438 foot blast hit against the Tennessee Smokies on April 24th for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Ibandel Isabel ??@ChattLookouts now lead 4-3 thanks to the @Reds no. 25 prospect pic.twitter.com/M8IJOGlKPJ — The Southern League (@SLeagueBaseball) April 24, 2019 Bren Spillane’s 434 foot shot is another one that, thanks to being alive in 2019, we have video of. Sort of. We get to see him crush it, but we don’t get to see it hit off of the scoreboard. Fortunately we did get the distance via Trackman for this one. https://redsminorleagues.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Bren-Spillane-Homer.mp4 The next four longest home runs were all hit at home in Chattanooga, where the Lookouts are the only Double-A ballpark that doesn’t offer MiLBtv, so there’s no video available for any of those home runs. But there is video of Courtney Hawkins 420 foot home run. https://redsminorleagues.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Hawkins-HR-2.mp4 Top 10 Longest Home Runs of the Year Eight home runs climbed onto the leaderboard for the longest homers of the year. That’s not too surprising given that there were only 20 in total for the first update and there were 50 hit since. To the surprise of *checks notes* no one, Ibandel Isabel has the two longest homers of the season thus far, and a third one also in the Top 10. Date Hitter Distance 4/12/19 Ibandel Isabel 447 4/24/19 Ibandel Isabel 438 4/7/19 Brian O’Grady 435 4/16/19 Bren Spillane 434 4/25/19 Gavin LaValley 428 4/29/19 Tyler Stephenson 428 4/17/19 Taylor Trammell 425 4/7/19 Nick Longhi 423 4/27/19 Ibandel Isabel 422 4/25/19 Jonathan India 420 4/26/19 Courtney Hawkins 420 Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 2 Responses Billy May 8, 2019 Doug, do you also get pitch speeds, exit velocity, etc.? I could see a similar monthly series for some other metrics being very interesting. Doug Gray May 8, 2019 I get *some* exit velos. With regards to pitch speeds, the board in both Louisville and Dayton are linked directly with trackman – so those are easy to get. I’d love to get the spin rate data – that’s where the magic can really happen. It’s not as easy to come by, though. But I do get a peak at that sometimes.