He’s been making a huge impact since his rookie season. He set the record for the fastest infield throw.
Eli De La Cruz (Cincinnati Reds) batted fourth and went 0-for-4 at the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
De la Cruz may not have been a threat at the plate, but he was tremendous on defense.
In the top of the third inning, Milwaukee leadoff hitter Zoe Wiemer hit a deep grounder to the third-base side. Third baseman De La Cruz caught the ball and made an accurate and quick throw to first base. De La Cruz’s throw was clocked at 97.9 mph (about 157 km/h).
“The 97.9 mph infield throw was the fastest since 2015, when Statcast began recording data,” MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, said, “The previous major league record was 97.8 mph by Oniel Cruz of the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Miami Marlins in July 2022.”
Milwaukee pitcher Adrian Houser was also impressed by De La Cruz’s massive delivery, calling it “insane.”
“It wasn’t the fastest throw De La Cruz has recorded this year,” MLB.com reported. During his time in Triple-A, de la Cruz had once hit 99.2 mph (about 159 km/h).”
De la Cruz made his major league debut last month. On the season, he has 41 hits, four home runs, 16 RBI, 28 runs scored, 16 stolen bases, and a .291 OPS. He’s been quiet in his last four games, but he’s made a huge impression in his rookie season. 토토사이트
De la Cruz hit a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 8. The home run came just two games into his rookie campaign. His bat speed at the time was 114.8 mph (about 184 km/h). He followed it up with a hit for the cycle against the Atlanta Braves on June 24. It was his first cycling hit in 16 games.
He also stole three bases in the first inning against Milwaukee on April 9. He stole second and third base, and immediately after stealing third, he stole home. He followed that up with a blistering fastball against Milwaukee on July 17, and is making a huge impact in his rookie season.