24-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Keury De La Cruz in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
De La Cruz had three hits for Double-A Portland on Saturday to continue an impressive stretch.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Keury De La Cruz.
De La Cruz took a step back in 2013 after a promising 2012 campaign at Low-A Greenville. It was less of a step back than it was him being stagnant developmentally against the advanced competition in High-A. He's got a swing-for-the-fence mentality and doesn't change his approach no matter the count. He's been moved to a corner outfield spot largely due to his poor defense. He'll open the 2014 season at Double-A Portland and will need to start adjusting his approach if he wants to be on the MLB radar.
De La Cruz made a huge leap at Low-A Greenville in 2012, showing improvement at the plate including his power production. His hitting coach at Greenville cited De La Cruz's daily focus on his hands and generating bat speed during batting practice. He has an aggressive approach, but showed improvement by working deeper into counts. De La Cruz's body filled out some and he was moved from center field to the corner last season, making it crucial for him to continue to refine his approach and improve his offensive game as he advances.
De La Cruz had a full year at Short-Season Lowell in 2011, improving some on his plate discipline, but still has a lot of work to do there. The swing itself needs work as well. He has some pop in his bat, but he has a medium build and projects extra-base power. De La Cruz will remain in center field for now as defense is considered is greatest attribute at this point in his career. Look for him to open the year at Low-A Greenville, where he should grab a starting job. We'll looking for more improvement at the plate: being more relaxed, being more selective, and leveling off his swing.
De La Cruz, 19, showed some promise for Boston's rookie-level club in the Gulf Coast League and should earn himself promotion to Short-Season Lowell in 2011 after a run in extended spring training. Like most young players, he's too aggressive at the plate and swings at questionable pitches, but he's a good athlete with all the tools. De La Cruz drives the ball well and generates doubles power at this point. His main goal in 2011 is to build on the foundation and start to polish his skills.