Elly De La Cruz

20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cincinnati Reds A+
2022 Fantasy Outlook
De La Cruz is the "it" prospect of the offseason. He is in that alluring stage of his development where the upside and the risk are obvious to all observers. The 6-foot-2 switch-hitting shortstop hit .296/.336/.539 with eight home runs and 10 steals in 61 games as a 19-year-old in the Florida Complex League and at Low-A. He had a 30.2 K% and a 5.3 BB%, which would be a concerning set of plate skills for any prospect at any level. However, evaluators who saw him in person rave about his physical tools (70-grade raw power, 70-grade speed) and the hard-hit and batted-ball data has left remote analysts similarly excited. How he is valued in dynasty leagues comes down to risk tolerance. He might have a wider range of outcomes this season than any other hitting prospect in the game. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Reds in July of 2018.
Turning it on in High-A
SSCincinnati Reds  A+
May 18, 2022
De La Cruz has homered in each of his last two games and has a .319/.396/.596 over his last 12 contests for High-A Dayton.
ANALYSIS
Since getting off to a fairly quiet start, De La Cruz has turned on the jets and now owns a .276/.333/.533 line with six homers and nine steals across 27 games this season. The 20-year-old's strikeout rate is still too high at 30.7 percent, but he's trimmed it noticeably over the course of his aforementioned hot streak (24.5 percent). It'll be interesting to see how he deals with the higher-level pitching at Double-A once he earns a promotion, which could realistically happen in the next couple months.
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Modest start in High-A
SSCincinnati Reds  A+
April 18, 2022
De La Cruz is hitting .240/.296/.440 with a homer and three steals through seven games with High-A Dayton.
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Still viewed as shortstop
SSCincinnati Reds  A+
February 27, 2022
De La Cruz is getting reps both at shortstop and third base, but the Reds view him primarily as a shortstop. His reps at third base have been a product more of their depth at shortstop in the organization rather than a concern about his 6'5" frame, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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