The Cincinnati Reds have promoted their top prospect Elly De La Cruz to the major leagues after third baseman Nick Senzel was put on the injured list due to irritation in his right knee. De La Cruz, a 21-year-old shortstop, has been performing well in Triple-A Louisville, with a .297/.398/.633 slash line, 12 home runs, and 11 stolen bases in 36 games. He is expected to make his MLB debut at home on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
De La Cruz, a shortstop, was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an international amateur free agent in July 2018. He has hit 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 38 games this season with Triple-A Louisville, and comes to the big leagues on a hot streak, having recorded a hit in 14 of his last 15 games with the Louisville Bats. He is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In a corresponding move, third baseman Nick Senzel was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday due to a right knee injury.
De La Cruz's dynamic and explosive nature on the field has him listed as the No. 2 prospect in MLB behind Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday. De La Cruz's hitting ability is impressive, as he hits the ball extremely hard, which is desirable in a young hitter, and possesses a combination of bat speed, strength, and barrel awareness. Additionally, he is a switch-hitter and listed at 6-foot-5, making him an intriguing prospect. If he were to maintain his current pace over 150 games, he would finish with a 43-43 season, a feat that no player in MLB history has ever accomplished. De La Cruz is a player to watch in the major leagues.
The Cincinnati Reds have already experienced success with their rookies this season, but they see De La Cruz as a unique talent, a true five-tool player who hits the ball harder than anyone, runs faster, and throws harder. De La Cruz will likely split time at shortstop with Matt McLain, who is also primarily a shortstop but has experience playing second base.
In conclusion, the Cincinnati Reds have called up their top prospect Elly De La Cruz to the major leagues after a successful stint in Triple-A, where he hit .298/.398/.633 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 38 games, while Nick Senzel is placed on the injured list due to a right knee injury. De La Cruz is a dynamic and explosive player who possesses a combination of bat speed, strength, and barrel awareness, and is listed as the No. 2 prospect in MLB behind Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday.