Elly adds 432 ft. walk-off homer to growing resume

May 31st, 2023

The streak that is on is starting to feel like a tall tale you might hear from your grandparents, hard to believe and most likely embellished.

But the only thing tall about this tale is EDLC's height: 6-foot-5.

The No. 4 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline has been on a tear in the month of May. On Tuesday night, he added yet another feat to his eye-popping resume -- a walk-off moonshot in Triple-A Louisville's 5-4 win over Worcester.

The 21-year-old shortstop stepped up to the dish in the bottom of the ninth at Louisville Slugger Field with a man on first and Kaleb Ort on the mound. The right-hander hadn't allowed any runs in seven appearances for the Triple-A Red Sox affiliate this season, but that changed in a hurry. After working the count to 3-2, De La Cruz barreled a fastball over the wall in right-center-field wall to send the Bats' fans home happy.

The homer traveled 432 feet and left De La Cruz’s bat at 109.2 mph, and you know what’s crazy? That’s not a particularly high exit velocity for the top-ranked Reds prospect. The Dominican Republic native has recorded 118.8 mph off the bat this season – the hardest-hit ball recorded at Triple-A – and has four other hits ranking in the top 10.

Besides hitting the mammoth home run, De La Cruz showed some other encouraging signs Tuesday. He went 1-for-3 but walked twice and only struck out once. He saw an average of just over five pitches per at-bat, evidence that his focus on good swing decisions has started to pay off.

De La Cruz has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 25/20 in the May, outpacing his 18/2 ratio in nine games in April.

The standout performance extended De La Cruz's hit streak to 10 games and he's sporting a .304/.401/.659 slash line this season, giving fans more reasons to believe his Major League debut is on the horizon.