WATCH: Reds top prospect Elly De La Cruz rips 112 mph double for first MLB hit in second major-league at-bat

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Tuesday night’s video game in Cincinnati in between the Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers occasioned the major-league launching of Reds infielder Elly De La Cruz, the No. 2 possibility in all of baseball

The 21-year-old De La Cruz — manning the hot corner, batting clean-up in supervisor David Bell’s lineup, and using Eric Davis’ old No. 44 — worked a walk off Tony Gonsolin in the very first inning. He turned up once again in the bottom of the 3rd versus Gonsolin and registered his very first big-league hit. Here’s an appearance: 

Like the caption states, that laser of a double to the space left the bat at 112 miles per hour, that makes it the hardest-hit ball by any Red this season. Also on screen was De La Cruz’s blazing speed, as he clocked in at 30.4 feet per second on that dash to the second-base bag (30 feet per second is thought about elite at the greatest level). 

De La Cruz ended his very first MLB video game 1-3 at the plate with a set of strolls and a run scored. The Reds plated 3 runs in the ninth to eke out a 9-8 resurgence win over the Dodgers. 

When De La Cruz entered the 2023 season, our R.J. Anderson ranked De La Cruz as the No. 11 general possibility. Since then, he  slashed .298/.398/.633 with 26 extra-base hits and 11 taken bases in 38 video games at Triple-A, enough to land him at No. 2 in Tuesday’s re-rank. Within, Anderson pointed out De La Cruz’s “elite power…and near-elite speed.” The rapid infielder likewise revealed top-of-the-scale batted-ball metrics in Triple-A and considerably enhanced perseverance at the plate. The tools have actually constantly existed, and in 2023, De La Cruz has actually revealed abilities development. He’s quite appearing like a future star, and he strengthened that idea in his very first major-league video game. 

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