Elly De La Cruz

Elly De La Cruz

22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cincinnati Reds
2024 Fantasy Outlook
De La Cruz took the baseball world by storm upon his arrival to the major leagues. He immediately flashed the incredible power/speed combo that made him a top prospect and hit for the cycle in just his 15th career game, helping spark the Reds to a 12-game winning streak in June. Eventually things went south for both player and team, though De La Cruz showed once again that speed doesn't slump with 18 steals in his final 50 games despite hitting just .199/.285/.361 during that stretch and falling to the bottom of the batting order. Overall, De La Cruz hit 25 homers and stole 46 bases in 136 games between Triple-A and the big leagues at the age of 21. There are swing-and-miss issues that he'll need to address and he may not reach his true potential for a while yet, but the loud tools combined with regular playing time in a band box park make it tempting to overlook his flaws. The downside potential is he ends up back in the minors after a prolonged slump. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#23
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in March of 2024.
Homers in loss
SSCincinnati Reds
April 11, 2024
De La Cruz went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to Milwaukee.
ANALYSIS
De La Cruz's fifth-inning homer was his third in three games. He's reached base safely in all 12 games thus far, going 14-for-44 (.318) with three walks and a hit-by-pitch. It's a nice start to the season for De La Cruz, who has dazzling advanced metrics with a 93.1 mph average exit velocity (89th percentile), 51.9 percent hard-hit rate (85th) and 14.8 percent barrel rate (87th). Unfortunately, his .458 BABIP suggests a correction is due; De La Cruz's expected batting average is .244.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+49%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+61%
OPS vs RHP
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .552 140 16 3 7 12 .200 .252 .300
Since 2022vs Right .825 335 64 13 44 29 .262 .331 .493
2024vs Left .951 18 4 1 1 2 .313 .389 .563
2024vs Right 1.081 30 9 2 6 4 .321 .367 .714
2023vs Left .495 122 12 2 6 10 .184 .231 .263
2023vs Right .799 305 55 11 38 25 .255 .328 .471
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+96%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .719 238 38 8 19 17 .222 .304 .415
Since 2022Away .767 237 42 8 32 24 .264 .312 .455
2024Home 1.203 35 12 3 6 5 .355 .429 .774
2024Away .615 13 1 0 1 1 .231 .231 .385
2023Home .636 203 26 5 13 12 .199 .282 .354
2023Away .776 224 41 8 31 23 .266 .317 .459
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Elly De La Cruz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.18
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
35.4%
 
BABIP
.458
 
ISO
.341
 
AVG
.318
 
OBP
.375
 
SLG
.659
 
OPS
1.034
 
wOBA
.440
 
Exit Velocity
93.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.9%
 
Barrels/PA
8.3%
 
Expected BA
.244
 
Expected SLG
.453
 
Sprint Speed
 
Ground Ball %
61.5%
 
Line Drive %
15.4%
 
Fly Ball %
23.1%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could open 2024 in minors
SSCincinnati Reds
December 12, 2023
De La Cruz could begin next season in the minors, Jason Williams Gordon Wittenmyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer report.
ANALYSIS
The natural assumption after the Reds signed Jeimer Candelario was that it greatly increased the likelihood of a Jonathan India trade, which would help unclog the Reds' infield logjam. However, Williams and Wittenmyer believe another scenario with a real chance of occurring would be De La Cruz or perhaps another player going to the minors for a while. De La Cruz did struggle mightily after a hot start in 2023, slashing just .191/.272/.355 with a 36 percent strikeout rate in the second half. The talented 21-year-old wouldn't seem to have anything left to prove in the minors, but it would behoove him to have a productive spring training if he wants to avoid a demotion.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
There are better prospects than De La Cruz, but there might not be a more visually captivating prospect. He looks and moves differently than 99.9% of baseball players. It's as if 6-foot Ronald Acuna and 6-foot-8 Oneil Cruz met in the middle at 6-foot-5. De La Cruz can hit 500-foot homers and post 70-grade run times. He is dripping with athleticism and in no danger of adding too much weight in the coming years to compromise his speed and actions. So why isn't he the No. 1 prospect? Scouts are still torn on the hit tool. He logged a 30.8 K% and 7.8 BB% as a 20-year-old (age appropriate) at High-A and Double-A. The switch-hitting shortstop really struggles with pitch recognition, and if a pitcher doesn't throw him a fastball, the pitcher will probably win the at-bat. Even so, De La Cruz is turning 21 in January, so he could spend the entire 2023 season in the upper levels of the minors and still be on track. If he doesn't improve against offspeed pitches, De La Cruz could be a low-AVG, low-OBP power/speed threat, and the sky is the limit if he is able to make the necessary improvements at the dish.
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.
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Homers twice in win
SSCincinnati Reds
April 8, 2024
De La Cruz went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs, four runs scored and a stolen base in Monday's win over the Brewers.
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Steals two bags
SSCincinnati Reds
April 7, 2024
De La Cruz went 0-for-2 with a walk and stole two bases in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Mets.
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Scores three runs, swipes bag
SSCincinnati Reds
April 6, 2024
De La Cruz went 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 9-6 win over the Mets.
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Hits in four straight
SSCincinnati Reds
April 2, 2024
De La Cruz went 1-for-5 with a stolen base in Monday's 6-3 extra-inning win over Philadelphia.
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Batting sixth in opener
SSCincinnati Reds
March 28, 2024
De La Cruz will start at shortstop and bat sixth in Thursday's season opener against the Nationals.
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