22-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Oscar De La Cruz in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
De La Cruz was added to the Cubs' 40-man roster Monday and will be protected from the Rule 5 draft.
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Chicago Cubs Roster
MajorsAlmora, Albert (OF)
AAAlzolay, Adbert (P)
A+Amaya, Gioskar (2B)
AFrazier, Scott (P)
RookieAbbott, Cory (P)
Oscar De La Cruz: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Oscar De La Cruz.
Forearm soreness kept De La Cruz on the shelf until mid-July, but he was stellar across three stops, making the majority of his starts with Low-A South Bend. He gave up more than one run in just three of his nine starts and struck out six or more on six occasions despite never logging more than five innings. While De La Cruz is entering his age-22 season, he only has 198 innings of game pitching under his belt, as the Cubs converted him from shortstop to pitcher after signing him in 2012. His low-to-mid-90s fastball is a plus offering with late life that he commands well. An above-average curveball is his second best pitch. Given his lack of experience, it is not surprising that his changeup is still a work in progress, lagging behind the rest of his repertoire. His athletic 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame leads to projected gains in command and possibly velocity. De La Cruz has the ceiling of a No. 2 starter and floor of a setup man. Next up will be showing he can push 100 innings in a season.
The Cubs have an abundance of intriguing arms in the lower levels of the minor leagues, and while De La Cruz may not have the name recognition of Duane Underwood or Carson Sands, he belongs in that conversation. The 6-foot-4 Dominican righty posted a 2.84 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts in 73 innings with short season Eugene as a 20-year-old, marking his second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA in the lower levels. He upped his strikeout rate from 21.0% at rookie ball in 2014 to 25.2% in 2015, suggesting he has what it takes to be a mid-rotation starter in time. He was not heavily discussed prior to last season, so he could be an under-the-radar option for those looking to take a flier on a high-upside arm late in dynasty league drafts. If he impresses in his first full-season assignment with Low-A South Bend in 2016, De La Cruz could shoot up prospect lists.