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De La Cruz leads Reds' Organization All-Stars

McClain among quartet of graduates helping turn the page in Cincy
November 2, 2023

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Cincinnati Reds. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Louisville: 75-73 Double-A

The Show Before the Show: Episode 410

One more look at the Exploding Whales; Elly heads to MLB
June 8, 2023

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Big Red Machine! De La Cruz rips 117.3 mph double

Top-ranked Reds prospect laces 4th-hardest ball in Triple-A of 2023
June 4, 2023

Thirty-two balls have been hit at least 116 mph this year at the Major League and Triple-A levels. Seven of those came from Elly De La Cruz's bat. The only other batters to break 116 multiple times this season are: Giancarlo Stanton (4), Jake Burger, Jo Adell and Ronald Acuña

Louisville lightning: Elly wows with speed, power

Bats' De La Cruz activates record burners on RBI knock
June 2, 2023

Top-ranked Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz's game is defined by speed. MLB Pipeline’s No. 4 overall prospect, De La Cruz boasts high exit velocities off the bat, zips the baseball from the left side of the infield to first inexplicably fast and also can get around the bases quicker

Elly De La Crush: The walk-off edition

Cincinnati's top prospect crushes a 432 foot homer for Louisville
May 31, 2023

The streak that Elly De La Cruz 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 Road to The Show™: Who’s up next?

Reds' De La Cruz, Mets' Mauricio knocking on door to Majors
May 30, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. For top prospects throughout the Minors, two months of play can go a long way toward revealing which

Elly's massive May rolls on with two-homer night

MLB's No. 4 prospect socks two more homers, has nine this month
May 26, 2023

Reds fans far and wide entered 2023 envisioning the day when top prospect Elly De La Cruz would reach Cincinnati. That day might be rapidly approaching. It’s hard to find a hitter hotter than De La Cruz, the fourth-ranked prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, who has spent the month

Bats all, folks! De La Cruz sends one into orbit

MLB's No. 4 prospect clears scoreboard with 117.7 mph homer
May 25, 2023

Elly De La Cruz hit a ball over the entire State of New York. Now lest anyone think an overactive imagination is involved, MLB Pipeline's No. 4 prospect actually did slug a baseball over New York, albeit the Empire State-shaped scoreboard in left-center-field at Triple-A Syracuse's NBT Bank Stadium. Nevertheless,

De La Cruz caps another big week with loooong ball

Top Reds prospect demolishes a 465 foot home run for Louisville
May 21, 2023

Remember last June when Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz got called up and seemed to break a Statcast record in every game he played? Well, this season in Triple-A, top Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz has picked up where Oneil left off. De La Cruz recorded three hits over 116

When Elly connects with Bats, exit velocity follows

Top Reds prospect rips two homers, 118.8 mph double for Louisville
May 10, 2023

Every time Triple-A Louisville plays Elly De La Cruz does something extraordinary, and his secret to it all is sleep, lots of it. The No. 8 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline made the fastest infield throw (99.2 mph) of any Triple-A or MLB player this year on Friday. He

A 99.2 mph throw Elly's latest elite Louisville feat

Reds' top prospect De La Cruz tosses fastest infield throw of season
May 6, 2023

When the radar guns were brought out to Werner Park on Saturday, they lit up as an impressive 99.2 mph toss crossed not home plate but first base. Top-ranked Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz delivered a perfect throw for an out in Triple-A Louisville's 6-2 loss to Omaha, adding

Elly elevates for first Louisville roundtripper

Reds' top prospect golfs 37-degree fly ball over center-field fence
April 29, 2023

Typically, when a hitter pops up a ball to center field, that's about the easiest play in the game. But most hitters aren't Elly De La Cruz. The Reds' top prospect -- No. 8 overall in baseball -- crushed one high in the air on Saturday, and it just kept

This slugfest includes 34 runs, 42 hits and 9 homers

Bats' De La Cruz, Encarnacion-Strand and Cubs' Mervis come up big
April 27, 2023

The Louisville Bats and Iowa Cubs didn't get together and play a game of Madden on Thursday. The clubs played nine innings of baseball, and when it was over the scoreboard showed I-Cubs 18 - Bats 16. The offenses combined for 34 runs and 80 total bases on 42 hits

High-A award winners and All-Stars

Encarnacion-Strand, Veen and Rodriguez named MVPs
November 9, 2022

Minor League Baseball has announced the end-of-season award winners and All-Star teams for the three High-A leagues, based on votes cast by league managers. In the Midwest League, third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand, who played for Twins-affiliated Cedar Rapids before being traded to the Reds, was named the Most Valuable Player.

De La Cruz, Boyle earn starring roles for Reds

Big prospects put up eye-catching numbers to reach Double-A
November 7, 2022

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Cincinnati Reds.

The Road to The Show™: Reds' De La Cruz

Shortstop enjoying meteoric rise while showing off improved power
July 21, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at Reds No. 2 prospect Elly De La Cruz. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Baseball has seen its fair share

Ashcraft ready to recharge Big Red machine

Righty leading the next wave of young talent headed to Cincinnati
November 5, 2021

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.

Tortugas outlast Cardinals in wild extra-inning affair to close out season

Daytona ties game in ninth, takes lead for good in 10th, ends campaign with dramatic victory
September 19, 2021

JUPITER, Fla. — After watching an early 4-0 lead disappear, the Tortugas refused to let the season end on a sour note. Daytona tied the game in the ninth and grabbed the advantage for good in the 10th, earning an 8-5 extra-inning victory over the Palm Beach Cardinals on Sunday

Daytona and Palm Beach exchange blowouts in twinbill split

José Torres reaches base five times, homers, and drives in three over the course of doubleheader
September 18, 2021

JUPITER, Fla. — SS/DH José Torres did not let Thursday's rainout dampen his torrid pace at the plate during the season-ending road trip. The 21-year-old reached base five times and drove in three runs on Friday, as the Daytona Tortugas rolled to a 7-1 game one victory, while the Palm

Tortugas split Friday twinbill with Mighty Mussels

Medrano's magic leads Daytona to 5-2 win in nightcap; Fort Myers takes Thursday's suspended game, 5-1
September 4, 2021

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — RHP Miguel Medrano put together one of his best starts of the season, tossing 5.0-shutout innings to guide the Daytona Tortugas to a 5-2 victory in game two of Friday's doubleheader. The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels captured the suspended game from Thursday evening, 5-1, as the

Tortugas ride five-run first to resounding 9-1 win over Mussels

De La Cruz and Hinds each record multi-extra-base-hit and multi-RBI efforts in Daytona rout
August 31, 2021

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After scoring six runs in the ninth inning on Sunday, the Tortugas picked up right where they left off on Tuesday. Daytona scored five runs in the bottom of the first and went on to defeat the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, 9-1, in front of 1,660

'Tugas can't complete late rally, fall to Mets, 5-3

Hinds records second-straight multi-hit game, Thompson pokes first career homer in defeat
August 27, 2021

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Behind 5-0 going to the eighth inning, Daytona scratched and clawed their way back into the contest, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the ninth. The fabulous comeback effort fell short, though, as the St. Lucie Mets hung on to

Hendrick, Hinds homers help Tortugas hop into win column

Austin and Rece combine for four hits, three extra-base knocks, and four RBI in Daytona triumph
August 25, 2021

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — After going hitless in his first game back, 3B Rece Hinds announced his return in a big way on Wednesday afternoon. The 20-year-old doubled, homered, and drove in a pair, as the Daytona Tortugas plastered three home runs en route to a 9-5 victory over

Tortugas trip up Cardinals to earn series split

Daytona bats wake up after rain delay, rally to take finale from Palm Beach
August 22, 2021

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With Daytona trailing 2-0 going to the bottom of the third, the game was subsequently delayed for 48 minutes due to rain. Once the game resumed, the bats sprung to life. The Tortugas scored four in that bottom of the third and went on to defeat

Palm Beach pours it on early, defeats Daytona, 8-5

Elly De La Cruz picks up two more extra-base hits, but Cardinals hand 'Tugas their third-straight defeat
August 17, 2021

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Despite trailing 7-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Tortugas rallied and put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the seventh and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the eighth. However, they could not complete the comeback, as the Palm