This factoid sums up the Reds rebuild better than anything else

Pitcher Michael Lorenzen speaks to reporters in the Reds dugout on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

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Pitcher Michael Lorenzen speaks to reporters in the Reds dugout on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Are you ready for The Most Reds Rebuild Thing ever?

Over the past four years, the hardest-hitting Cincinnati baseball player is actually a pitcher.

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With the Reds pretty much living in last place since 2015, that explains a lot, doesn’t it?

If you're not quite sure what we mean by "hardest-hitting player," here's the context via MLB.com:

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.

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