RC+ Stat Stumper #7: Eugenio Suarez, home run hitter

RC+ Stat Stumper #7: Eugenio Suarez, home run hitter

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We’re taking a longtime ballpark tradition and giving it a  modern twist. At Great American Ball Park, the Scoreboard Stumper tests your knowledge of baseball history and you might learn a little bit about the Reds as well. The RC+ Stat Stumper is a weekly question about the Reds that involves a newer statistic.

We invite you to post your guesses in the comments (no looking up the answers, please). The correct answers and winners will be revealed prior to first pitch that day. Enjoy and thanks for playing!

RC+ Stat Stumper #7

Eugenio Suarez has slammed his way into the record books, posting the highest home run total ever for a National League third baseman. How do his Statcast numbers compare to other recent, prominent home run hitters?

Since 2015, there are 10 different players who have hit between 45 and 59 home runs in one season. Where do Suarez’s combined 2015-2019 average exit velocity (88.2 mph) and launch angle (15.3 degrees) each rank among those 10 players? Extra credit if you can name #1 for each (hint, it isn’t Suarez).

Matt Habel

Matthew Habel was born and mostly raised in Cincinnati and was always a Reds fan growing up. Ironically, he did not become die-hard until moving to Pittsburgh after college and experiencing the 2013 Wild Card game behind enemy lines. While the "Cueto Game" is one of the worst sports moments of his life, he became enamored with the analytics side of the game after reading Big Data Baseball and watching the Pirates organization end their postseason drought. He started writing for Redleg Nation in 2017 and has enjoyed continuously learning more about the sport. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he loves exploring the great outdoors. Find him on Twitter @MattadorHeyBull

2 Responses

  1. R Smith says:

    Suarez EV #5 LA# 7

    #1 EV Stanton
    #1 LA Bellinger

    • Matt Habel says:

      Thanks for playing, great guesses.

      Suarez is actually dead last in exit velocity among the 10 players. Bellinger is 9th at 90 mph, so nearly a 2 mph gap. Aaron Judge has an insane 95.1 mph average EV, Stanton is #2 at 93.5 mph

      For Launch Angle, Suarez comes in 4th. Bellinger was in 1st when I first looked but now it is Mike Trout just barely edging him out. So while Suarez and Bellinger are not hitting the ball as hard, they are getting it into the air and letting it fly.