MLB: Short stop or third base of the future of the Cincinnati Reds, projected to be a star

The Dominican box prospect of the Cincinnati Reds, Elly De La CruzIt received a lot of commercial attention last summer, but Reds “didn’t want to have anything to do with moving it.” De La Cruz was an international signing from the Dominican Republic in 2018, and after a solid performance in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, made a huge impression in his first season in the North American minor league system.

The 19-year-old hit a combined .296 / .336 / .538 with eight home runs in 265 plate appearances on rookie ball for the Reds (55 at-bats) and Class A (210 at-bats):

Prospect evaluators took note of the breakdown, as Baseball America (4th) and MLB Pipeline (8th) they now have De La Cruz ingrained in their rankings of Cincinnati’s top prospects. BA’s exploration report notes that:

There are few players in the majors or minors with three 70s on their scouting report. De La Cruz is a plus-plus rider with a plus-plus arm and gross plus-plus power.

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Defensively, De La Cruz is a good athlete who could stay at shortstop and could have potential in center field, although so far he has only played shortstop, third baseman and a little second baseman in his brief professional career.

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Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Short stop or third base of the future of the Cincinnati Reds, projected to be a star