The Cincinnati Reds will have two players heading to Los Angeles next weekend to play in the Futures Game. Shortstop Elly De La Cruz and left-handed starter Andrew Abbott will head west to represent the Reds in the game.

One year ago Elly De La Cruz was a player that most of the baseball world hadn’t even heard of. He had played six games in the United States. He had done well, hitting .423/.483/.808 in those six games out in the greater Phoenix area around the complex league, but it was also just six games. He would only spend another eight days in the league before being promoted to Daytona where he really began to catch the attention of the prospect and scouting world. A year later he’s already found himself in High-A where he’s currently hitting .294/.349/.561 with 25 stolen bases, 13 doubles, 6 triples, and 15 home runs in 67 games played for the Dayton Dragons. He’s gone from an absolutely unknown prospect to the top prospect int he entire organization in a year.

Joining Elly De La Cruz will be a teammate he had with Dayton earlier in the season, Andrew Abbott. The left-handed starter was dominant with the Dragons, throwing 27.0 innings in five games and allowing just two runs while striking out 40 batters, allowing 16 hits, and walking 7.

He was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga in mid-May and he struck out 12 batters in 5.2 shutout innings in his debut with the Lookouts. He’s slowed down a bit from there, and has had one atrocious start where he allowed eight earned runs in 0.2 innings that’s helped skew his ERA at the level. Still, he’s posted a 6.11 ERA in 10 starts at the level, giving up 49 hits and walking 17 batters in 45.2 innings while striking out 59 batters. Between his two stops he’s 7-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 72.2 innings with 24 walks and 99 strikeouts.

When and Where to Watch

The game will take place on Saturday July 16th at 7:00pm ET. The game will be live on Peacock for television, and will be on delay starting at 8:30pm ET on MLB Network.

6 Responses

  1. Schottzie

    Elly De La Cruz’s ascension feels a lot like Roanld Acuna. 2016, no one had really heard of him or at least he was I believe a fringe top 25 prospect for the Braves (Jose Peraza was #1 I think, ironically).

    A year later he’s top 10.

    A year later he’s the best prospect in baseball.

    Who knows if that’s the trajectory of De La Cruz (what do people call him for short? EDLC doesn’t feel right…) but I feel like that’s the closes parallel I can think of, for those of us who like to remain hopeful.

    • Bubba Woo

      Baseball Pipeline only had DLC 50 in their new top 100 released later, which is just a terrible assessment. He’s easily the best hitting prospect the Reds have had since Jay Bruce, who was the #1 prospect in Baseball at one point.

      • SteveO

        2HRs today in game 1 of a doubleheader. I think if his strikeout percentage was in the low to mid 20’s, he’d be in the top 20. Too much swing and miss. 34.7% K rate this year and 32.0 career. Choking up for better contact with 2 strikes and he’s on his way to the top 20.

  2. SteveO

    After a short break after the game, DLC better have a ticket to Chattanooga and in the starting lineup on the 22nd for the Lookouts.
    Hopefully, McLain back from injury and they form the starting left side of the IF.

  3. Mike

    I guess the Futures game decided who to invite over a month ago, because Abbott has been getting rocked

  4. LDS

    EDLC wound up with 3 HRs in the DH. I’m sure Doug will fill in the details later in the evening. Yeah, a lower SO rate would be good. But guys like Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt struck more than 30% of the time in their first ML year and they turned out pretty well. So I’ll be optimistic that DLC lives up to his potential and the Reds have a future star in the organization.