Cincinnati Reds Superstar Prospect Elly De La Cruz Hit His First Home Run Really, Really, Far

Elly De La Cruz bends a bat like he's hulk hogan or something

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Every once in a while, baseball gets a prospect that comes up to the big leagues and instantly becomes one of the league’s best players. Guys like Fernando Tatis Jr., Matt Harvey, Alex Rodriguez, and Juan Soto stepped into the spotlight and made it look way too easy. And, it’s too early to say for certain, but Cincinnati Reds mega-prospect Elly De La Cruz announced that he could be one of those guys with a monster home run for his first of what should be many in his career.

Elly De La Cruz was already one of the game’s top prospects coming into the 2023 season, but the Reds elected to start the 21-year-old infielder in AAA Louisville. By the time the dust settled, he had an OPS over 1.000 and was tearing the cover off the ball. Due to his wildly good play and the graduation of a few other top prospects, he was a consensus top-five prospect in all of baseball when the Reds called him up to make his debut on Tuesday.

And, on Wednesday, the switch-hitter made his mark on Major League Baseball with a home run you have to see to believe.

That ball was absolutely mauled. Let’s get some advanced stats on this one.

Later in the game, he hit a triple, too, giving him three extra-base hits in his first two games. It wasn’t an ordinary triple, though. He was absolutely flying around the bases.

Look at these numbers over the first two games.

Safe to say, Elly De La Cruz is an instant star.