Elly De La Cruz had a big night on Thursday in Chattanooga. The Cincinnati Reds top prospect doubled, homered, and stole a base as the Lookouts split a doubleheader against the Montgomery Biscuits. The home run gave him 25 on the season and the stolen base gave him 35 on the year.
Dating back to 1960, which is as far back as my Cincinnati Reds minor league stats database goes, there have only been two players to have at least 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a single season. It most recently happened back in 2001 when Wily Mo Pena had 26 home runs and 26 stolen bases for the Dayton Dragons while playing in 132 games. The only other time it has happened was in 1994 when Pat Watkins had 27 home runs and 31 stolen bases for Winston-Salem in 132 games played. Elly De La Cruz has joined those two players in the 25/25 club and he’s done so while playing in just 91 games this year.
Assuming that he remains in Chattanooga the rest of the season, he would have up to 32 more games this year to hit five home runs to reach the 30/30 mark. If the Reds wanted to get wild and promote him to Triple-A after the season ended in Chattanooga there would be an additional 9 games he could potentially play in as their season extends deeper into September.
Hector Rodriguez is on fire
When the Reds acquired Hector Rodriguez from the New York Mets he was hitting .349/.381/.547 for their complex level team in Florida and he had struck out just 10 times in 113 plate appearances. It should not be much of a surprise that he’s picked up where he left off after arriving in Arizona and joining their complex level team. It’s only been four games but he’s already gone 8-15 with four doubles and two triples. He has also walked twice and hasn’t yet struck out. The 18-year-old is now hitting .372/.408/.612 between his two stops at the complex levels.
Ricardo Cabrera’s turn around continues
It was a big day for Ricardo Cabrera down in the Dominican Summer League on Thursday. He went 3-3 with a walk, double, two runs scored, and he drove in three. The Reds top international signing in January of this year got out to a slow start, and that’s putting it nicely. In June he hit .120/.274/.200 with five walks and 19 strikeouts in 17 games. But once the calendar hit July he also began to hit. And he hasn’t stopped. In the 22 games since June ended the 17-year-old shortstop has hit .333/.424/.526 with seven walks and just 12 strikeouts.