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.
Launches 13th homer
SSCincinnati Reds
June 22, 2024
De La Cruz went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
De La Cruz gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead with his third-inning solo shot, but that turned out to be the final run the Reds scored in the game. The star shortstop came into the contest 0-for-10 with five strikeouts over his previous three contests, so the three-hit effort was a nice way to get back on track. De La Cruz now has 13 long balls on the campaign, and he's added 32 RBI, 48 runs, a league-leading 37 steals and a .240/.338/.444 slash line.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
40
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
11
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+37%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+18%
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 .590 236 26 5 13 26 .202 .288 .303
Since 2022vs Right .809 513 89 21 63 46 .253 .329 .479
2024vs Left .699 114 14 3 7 16 .223 .348 .351
2024vs Right .824 208 34 10 25 21 .249 .332 .492
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
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .722 363 52 12 33 33 .224 .319 .404
Since 2022Away .757 386 63 14 43 39 .249 .314 .443
2024Home .835 160 26 7 20 21 .257 .365 .471
2024Away .730 162 22 6 12 16 .224 .311 .420
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
0.37
 
BB Rate
11.5%
 
K Rate
31.4%
 
BABIP
.327
 
ISO
.204
 
AVG
.240
 
OBP
.338
 
SLG
.444
 
OPS
.782
 
wOBA
.344
 
Exit Velocity
91.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.1%
 
Barrels/PA
6.5%
 
Expected BA
.227
 
Expected SLG
.423
 
Sprint Speed
26.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.2%
 
Line Drive %
17.0%
 
Fly Ball %
35.8%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Extension not expected
SSCincinnati Reds
May 22, 2024
De La Cruz isn't likely to reach a long-term extension with the Reds, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
ANALYSIS
The 22-year-old is one of the most exciting players in baseball with nine homers and 30 steals through 48 games, putting him on pace to top 100 thefts for the season. De La Cruz doesn't yet have a full MLB season under his belt, and the low-spending Reds seem unlikely to dish out for a long-term deal in the near future.
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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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Picks up three hits, stolen base
SSCincinnati Reds
June 17, 2024
De La Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Pirates.
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Goes deep, swipes bag
SSCincinnati Reds
June 16, 2024
De La Cruz went 2-for-3 with solo home run, a triple, three runs scored, a steal and two walks in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
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Steals, scores in loss
SSCincinnati Reds
June 16, 2024
De La Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Milwaukee.
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Steals 34th bag in win
SSCincinnati Reds
June 8, 2024
De La Cruz went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Cubs.
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Swipes 33rd bag
SSCincinnati Reds
June 8, 2024
De La Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Friday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.
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