Lance Berkman hit his NL-best 23rd homer 452 feet Tuesday, making it the longest homer since the new Busch Stadium opened in 2006.
It was the 350th homer of Berkman’s career, and it tied him with Chili Davis for fourth all-time among switch-hitters. Only Chipper Jones (443), Eddie Murray (504) and Mickey Mantle (536) have hit more.
With the home run, he overtook Matt Kemp for the NL lead this season. Berkman, though, wasn’t picked to participate in next week’s Home Run Derby by captain Prince Fielder.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.