The Cincinnati Reds have a new star in the making, and his name is Elly De La Cruz. The rookie shortstop has made quite the impression in his first two games in the majors, hitting a home run, triple, and registering the fastest home-to-third time in the majors this season.
De La Cruz, the top prospect in MLB, made his debut on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, reaching base three times and helping the Reds secure a comeback win. He continued his impressive performance the following day, hitting his first big league home run and first career triple in the same game against the Dodgers.
His home run was a 458-foot shot with an exit velocity of 114.8 mph, making it the longest by a Red since September 2021 and the sixth-longest by a Reds player in the Statcast era. De La Cruz's triple was equally impressive, as he went from home to third in just 10.83 seconds, the fastest home-to-third time in the majors this season.
De La Cruz was called up from Triple-A Louisville, where he had been batting .298/.398/.633 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 38 games. The 21-year-old was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball by The Athletic's Keith Law before the start of the season.
The Reds believe in De La Cruz's ability to adapt and improve, and manager David Bell trusts in putting young players like him straight into the game to gain experience. Meanwhile, pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who gave up De La Cruz's homer, has been struggling this season.
De La Cruz has generated a lot of excitement due to his power and ability to crush the ball, evidenced by his average exit velocity of 93 mph in the minors and his 112 mph exit velocity on his first MLB hit. There is no comparison for De La Cruz, who is making a name for himself in the big leagues.