Elly de la Cruz

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It feels like we should have a thread on him. Probably the most exciting rookie in the last few years atleast.

Can absolutely mash the ball and has elite speed.

  1. 40 home runs in his last 159 MiLB games.
  2. Hit one 465', top tier in statcast
  3. Can flirt with 100mph infield velo.
  4. 58 SBs in his last 159 MiLB games
 

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His first home run, hit the other night, just landed
https://www.mlb.com/video/de-la-cruz-s-458-foot-homer
The triple in his next at bat was almost more impressive to me. Fastest home to third time all season. Kid is awesome.

Spoiled because it isn't about EDLC:

I posted in the other thread (June MLB thread, maybe), but the influx of young talent right now is unlike anything I can remember. The list of 23 and under players having success at the MLB level is astounding. Like, I would say de la Cruz is the best prospect I have seen in years. Except Jordan Walker just got called back up. And Francisco Alvarez is playing pretty well. And Corbin Carroll is better than both of them. Oh, and Matt McClain looks awesome, and the list goes on and on and oh, last year we had Julio Rodriguez and Gunnar Henderson and (a little older but) Adley Rutschman and Michael Harris, and.... you get the picture. It's just an awesome time to be a baseball fan.

I mean, all of a sudden there are exciting young CATCHING prospects all over the place. Adley and Alvarez, O'Hoppe, Moreno, Bo Naylor should be up full time sooner than later.

Just awesome.

Edit: And that's just the hitters!!!!
 

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The Reds also have Spencer Steer (25) putting up good numbers, Matt McClain (23, same draft as Mayer) hitting really well, Christian Encarnacion-Strand (23) ready for a callup, and Noelvi Marte probably ready for 2024. I'm not saying they're definitely going to make a run at the Brewers this year, but I'm also pointedly not saying that, either.
 

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It really is a shame that Oneil Cruz got hurt early in the season, but I think in another year or two we could see him and Elly putting on one hell of a show in the HR derby.
 

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The Reds also have Spencer Steer (25) putting up good numbers, Matt McClain (23, same draft as Mayer) hitting really well, Christian Encarnacion-Strand (23) ready for a callup, and Noelvi Marte probably ready for 2024. I'm not saying they're definitely going to make a run at the Brewers this year, but I'm also pointedly not saying that, either.
And Abbott pitched a gem the other night. Lots to work with here.
 

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It's funny, Cincinnati may be the last to know that the Reds might have something here. The Reds are rarely even the first mention on the sports segment of the local news. Attendance is starting to creep up, but it is nowhere near what FC Cincinnati is drawing. This might be a summer I want to stay in town.
 

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And Abbott pitched a gem the other night. Lots to work with here.
Let's not forget pups Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo and it's not like Jonathan India and Alexis Diaz are non-pups. Both are 26.

btw, not to be that guy but it's Matt McLain (not Matt McClain ... or John McClane for that matter)
 

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Ronald Acuna Jr, Fernando Tatis Jr, Julio Rodriguez, and Shohei Ohtani would like to have a word with you.
They might all be better prospects, but EDC's tools make him the more exciting prospect in terms of pure fun.
 

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Ronald Acuna Jr, Fernando Tatis Jr, Julio Rodriguez, and Shohei Ohtani would like to have a word with you.
Depends on your definition of "a few years," I guess, Tatis debuted in 2019 and Ohtani and Acuna were 2018. Both of those years feel like a long time ago to me, but maybe that's just me!

Mea culpa on misspelling Matt McLain!
 

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It feels like we should have a thread on him. Probably the most exciting rookie in the last few years atleast.

Can absolutely mash the ball and has elite speed.

  1. 40 home runs in his last 159 MiLB games.
  2. Hit one 465', top tier in statcast
  3. Can flirt with 100mph infield velo.
  4. 58 SBs in his last 159 MiLB games
A stud no doubt, but Jordan Walker and his 80-ceiling Game Power and Raw Power say hello. And he’s younger than EDC.
 

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A stud no doubt, but Jordan Walker and his 80-ceiling Game Power and Raw Power say hello. And he’s younger than EDC.
Not that much younger (they're both in their age 21 seasons) and EDC has a higher OPS across the minors... while playing 2B/SS/3B.

I didn't realize Walker got called back up. Only 2 strikeouts in 31 PA since returning (hitting .286/.355/.536).
 

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Ronald Acuna Jr, Fernando Tatis Jr, Julio Rodriguez, and Shohei Ohtani would like to have a word with you.
Agree on these, although EDLC is definitely special. ONeil Cruz on the Pirates and Wander Franco were both big name callups but neither made a "back of the baseball card" impact right away.

Elsewhere in the NL Corbin Carroll on Arizona has a real chance to go ~.300, 30 HR, 40 SB in his rookie season. Doubt he'll be able to pull a Fred Lynn and grab both RoTY and MVP with Acuna going nuclear in Atlanta, but still, pretty wild.
 
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EDLC is cool as hell, and baseball needs more cool players.

Guy looks 7 feet tall, runs like a gazelle, and smashes the ball. His tools flash a lot more than someone like Wander, who is playing really well this year, but doesn’t have the pop and pure speed of Elly.
 

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The Reds also have Spencer Steer (25) putting up good numbers, Matt McClain (23, same draft as Mayer) hitting really well, Christian Encarnacion-Strand (23) ready for a callup, and Noelvi Marte probably ready for 2024. I'm not saying they're definitely going to make a run at the Brewers this year, but I'm also pointedly not saying that, either.
Just to highlight one in particular, Christian Encarnancion -Strand is 23 years old. There are his slash lines by level

2021 - A - 391-424-598
2022 - A+ - 296-370-599 (294 ABs)
2022 - AA (Texas) - 333-400-685 (54 ABs)
2022 - AA (Southern) - 309-351-522 (136 ABs)
2023 - AAA - 348-421-687 (201 ABs)

49 Home Runs over 2022-2023...oh and his BB/K rate got dramatically better this year to boot.

That's freaking insane progression. In terms of actual prospects, that AAA OPS is only topped by Christopher Morel who is ripping the cover off the ball for Chicago right now and...to your point, Matt McClain who is doing quite well.

Baseball's influx of dynamic young talent is really, really exciting.
 

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With all the love for young hitters - let’s not forget about Eury Pérez - the 20 year old top pitching prospect going into the season who’s now allowed just 1 run in his last 27 innings to go along with 29 strikes and an overall 1.54 era and 1.00 whip.
 

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With all the love for young hitters - let’s not forget about Eury Pérez - the 20 year old top pitching prospect going into the season who’s now allowed just 1 run in his last 27 innings to go along with 29 strikes and an overall 1.54 era and 1.00 whip.
I hope he doesn’t like boats.
 

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With all the love for young hitters - let’s not forget about Eury Pérez - the 20 year old top pitching prospect going into the season who’s now allowed just 1 run in his last 27 innings to go along with 29 strikes and an overall 1.54 era and 1.00 whip.
Thankfully the Marlins current rotation is set up so that Perez will miss the series at Fenway next week. Bullet missed.
 

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I hope he doesn’t like boats.
Speaking of generational pitching prospects on the Marlins... kind of impressive the Marlins are in second place even though Sandy's been pretty pedestrian so far.
 

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Speaking of generational pitching prospects on the Marlins... kind of impressive the Marlins are in second place even though Sandy's been pretty pedestrian so far.
Yup and they lost Sixto and Meyer to injury. Also too bad they don’t seem to have much in the way of hitting prospects right now.
 

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I almost dropped this in the Reds group fawn a few days ago. But he didn’t quite have the playing-time security. But with Wil Myers shown the door, another pup, OF Will Benson, is coming on. Has a wheels-n-pop combo.
 

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I almost dropped this in the Reds group fawn a few days ago. But he didn’t quite have the playing-time security. But with Wil Myers shown the door, another pup, OF Will Benson, is coming on. Has a wheels-n-pop combo.
He’s the guy who hit his first career homer in the same game elly hit his, only his was a walk off
 

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Reds fever here is real. There is a whole generation of Reds for whom the Big Red Machine might just as well be Civil War history. But the stories are passed down from generation to generation. David Bell has been pushing all the right buttons, but the pitching is Andrew Abbot and Duck Tape. Alexis Diaz is getting by with a deal he made with the devil for the past couple of weeks. Big weekend series in Milwaukee. But the team believes, and they have made the region believe. Cincinnati has been sports loserville for so long. To see the Bengals on the cusp, FC Cincinnati drawing sellout crowds and sitting in first place for the entire MLS season to date, and to see the Reds in First Place after July 4th is a welcome shot in the arm to the region. And EDLC has a lot to do with it, both from an on-field and from a wow, that guy plays for us, perspective.
 

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I feel cheated that he’s not playing in the ASG.

I find myself switching over to Cincy games when he’s up. I can’t be the only one, can I?
 

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His swing reminds me of Tommy Hearns’ right hand - long but so so quick and powerful.