Elly De La Cruz seems like a man in which myths are written. He can do some things on a baseball field that are just different than what other human beings can do. There’s still plenty for him to learn, there’s a lot of development left, but he will often show skills and ability on the field that can be laughable. On Friday night he hit two baseballs over 112 MPH. The second one was a double. The first one was an inside the park home run on a play that you have to see to both believe and to even understand how it happened.
ALWAYS be alert when Elly De La Cruz is on the basepaths.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 6, 2022
It took about 10 minutes for the official scorer to make a ruling on the play, but they ultimately went with a home run instead of a triple and an error. That makes sense given that there was no error or misplay that happened, and instead it was just a runner using perfect timing and great speed to take advantage of the relay throw(s).
That goes down as the 23rd homer of the season for Elly De La Cruz. The shortstop is now hitting .297/.351/.591 on the season between his stops in High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga with 17 doubles, 7 triples, 23 home runs, and 33 stolen bases.
Sam Benschoter highlights
After missing nearly two months, Sam Benschoter returned to Daytona’s rotation on July 29th and struck out six batters in 3.2 innings. On Thursday night he made his second start back and he struck out nine batters in 4.0 innings and he had a whole bunch of swinging strikes while doing so. Some of those swings-and-misses were really bad ones, too.
He’s posted a 4.15 ERA in 12 games for the Tortugas this season that’s covered 43.1 innings. He’s allowed just three home runs, walked just 14 batters, and he’s struck out 64 of the 185 hitters he’s faced (that’s a 35% strikeout rate for those keeping track at home).