What a perfect day for Nico Hoerner to hit his first AA home run, as he was glowingly reviewed by his own organization’s president earlier.
And it wasn’t just any homer – it was an inside-the-parker, and a crazy fast one if Bryan’s timing was correct:
Timed it again at 14.69 seconds. Note that Javy’s inside-the-park home run was over 16 seconds, and Byron Buxton has the Statcast record at 14.05. Nico showing elite speed for his FIRST DOUBLE-A HOME RUN.
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) April 23, 2019
As near as I can find, the MLB record for an inside-the-park homer was set by Byron Buxton late in 2017, at 13.85 seconds. Previously, the record – also Buxton’s – was 14.05 seconds. When Javy Baez had his inside-the-parker in San Francisco, it was over 16 seconds. So, hopefully that provides some context for just how fast Hoerner’s trot was.
I will keep looking for a video of the homer, which I’ve gotta believe we’ll get eventually. Right now, official MiLB videos are in limbo as the league and MLB work out a video sharing policy – and they are losing these fun moments in the interim, so hurry up – so it can be especially hard to get these highlights right now. Shame.
UPDATE: At last, video! (You may have to click through to watch, because the highlights are still being problematic.) And OMG, how in the world did he turn this into an inside-the-parker: