Oscar De La Cruz

28-Year-Old PitcherP
New York Mets AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Oscar De La Cruz in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in November of 2020.
Signs with Mets
PNew York Mets  AA
November 4, 2020
De La Cruz signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
The 25-year-old was released by the Cubs during the spring and was unable to find a new team during the shortened 2020 campaign, but he'll now receive an opportunity with the Mets. De La Cruz pitched in 31 games at Double-A in 2019 and had a 4.09 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 88:29 K:BB over 81.1 innings after missing the start of the season while finishing an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a PED masking agent. The right-hander was once considered a solid prospect, and the Mets will take a low-risk flier to see if he can live up to that potential.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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Outrighted to Double-A
PChicago Cubs  AA
August 4, 2019
De La Cruz was outrighted to Double-A Tennessee on Saturday after going unclaimed off waivers.
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Designated for assignment
PChicago Cubs  AA
July 31, 2019
De La Cruz was designated for assignment Wednesday.
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Reinstated from suspension
PChicago Cubs  AA
May 3, 2019
De La Cruz completed his 80-game suspension and was reinstated from the restricted list Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
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Dispatched to Double-A
PChicago Cubs  AA
March 9, 2019
The Cubs optioned De La Cruz to Double-A Tennessee on Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Handed 80-game suspension
PChicago Cubs  AA
July 6, 2018
De La Cruz has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a PED masking agent, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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