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Over the past four years, the hardest-hitting Cincinnati baseball player is actually a pitcher.
With the Reds pretty much living in last place since 2015, that explains a lot, doesn’t it?
In the fifth inning, as Cincinnati trailed the Rockies by a 3-1 score on Thursday afternoon, reliever Michael Lorenzen was used as a pinch-hitter for starter Tyler Mahle to lead off. Given a 2-0 fastball by Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, Lorenzen connected and sharply lined a single to left field…
According to Statcast™, the ball’s exit velocity off Lorenzen’s bat was 116.5 mph. It was the highest exit velocity a Reds hitter has recorded since Statcast™ began tracking in 2015. No other Cincinnati player had previously hit a ball that had more than a 115-mph exit velocity.
But wait, there’s more!
Lorenzen’s feat also happens to mark the hardest hit by a pitcher in the Majors since Statcast™ began tracking.
Pretty cool, huh?
Not as cool as, like, winning games, but it’s something anyway.