Cincinnati Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz keeps on doing things that are nothing short of impressive. Last month he put up incredible numbers for Double-A Chattanooga and for his performance he was named the Southern League Player of the Month.
The Lookouts infielder played in 24 games and had 13 doubles, 6 home runs, and 6 stolen bases while hitting .355/.425/.688 during the month. De La Cruz walked 12 times, setting a career best for walks in a single month.
August was the first full month in Double-A for Elly De La Cruz. He was promoted to Chattanooga on July 22nd after a big first half with the High-A Dayton Dragons. It was an incredible first full month, too. 19 extra-base hits in 24 games is some kind of video game cheat code.
While there’s a whole lot of impressive things that De La Cruz did during the month, it was probably his 491-foot home run that cleared the batters eye in Madison, Alabama on August 17th that tops the list. In the 3rd inning of the game against the Rocket City Trash Pandas the shortstop got ahead in the count 3-0 and the coaching staff gave him the green light. The 20-year-old did not miss and put the Lookouts ahead 3-1 with the 2-run shot that may have landed in another state (don’t fact check this part).
Noelvi Marte is heating up
After being acquired from Seattle in a trade at the deadline, Noelvi Marte was sent off to join the High-A Dayton Dragons. He hit two home runs in his second game with the club, but over his first 15 games he had some struggles as he posted a .222/.307/.370 line. If you’re slumping and you still have an OPS of .677, it’s probably a good sign.
On August 19th the shortstop went 2-3 with a walk and a home run. Starting there and going through yesterday he’s played in 14 games and he’s hit the cover off of the ball, going 18-48 (.375) with 12 walks and just 8 strikeouts in 60 plate appearances. His on-base percentage in that 14 game stretch is a cool .500 and he’s slugging .542. Not to be overlooked is that Marte has also stolen 6 bases in 7 tries. After that slow start he has raised his line with the Dragons to .294/.402/.451 in his 29 games played.