Elly De La Cruz has been turning heads all season, but this moment might just take the cake.
Playing in his sixth game with Double-A Chattanooga, the Reds' No. 2 prospect blasted a home run that traveled a projected 512 feet in his first at-bat of the night. It was the 20-year-old shortstop's first homer with the Lookouts and 21st overall on the season as he continues his rapid ascent through the Minors.
For context, only two homers in MLB have traveled at least 500 feet since Statcast began tracking in 2015: a 505-foot shot by Nomar Mazara in 2019 and a 504-foot blast by Giancarlo Stanton in 2016.
As if the mammoth homer wasn’t enough, De La Cruz later went on to add a triple, also his first with Chattanooga, and a stolen base to his stat line. It’s pretty safe to say he had a good day at the plate.