The Elly De La Cruz hype train has not just left the station, it’s reached maximum cruising speed.
The Cincinnati Reds’ highly touted rookie hit his first career home run Wednesday night, and it was epic. De La Cruz belted a fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers starter Noah Syndergaard 458 feet for a two-run shot in the first inning.
“Oh goodness!” Reds play-by-play man John Sadak proclaimed as the ball exploded off De La Cruz’s bat. “That ball had a family!”
Reds' top prospect Elly De La Cruz hits his first major league home run, and it was an absolute moonshot at 458 feet. 🤯💣pic.twitter.com/tXyu1sivaY
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) June 7, 2023
To put that 458-foot shot into perspective, it’s the fifth-longest by a batter hitting his first home run since Statcast began tracking the numbers in 2015.
Elly De La Cruz’s 458 ft HR is the 5th-longest by a batter for his first homer tracked by Statcast (2015), behind only:
9/3/18 Chris Shaw: 468 ft
7/5/17 Jon Gray: 467 ft
6/8/17 Austin Slater: 461 ft
7/26/17 Lewis Brinson: 461 ft
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) June 7, 2023
Coming on the heels of De La Cruz’s impressive MLB debut Tuesday, and it’s easy to see why MLB Pipeline rates him the No. 4 prospect in baseball. In Tuesday’s game, De La Cruz went 1-for-3, with a 112 mph double and two walks. And he made solid contact on one of his outs, a 108.7 mph groundout.
MLB fans quickly reacted to the rookie’s bomb, although some were still trying to explain what he had done Tuesday in his debut.
HOLY DE LA CRUZ 🤯😱
Elly's first career home run went 458 ft‼️
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 7, 2023
This dude is the Truth
— Phillies Muse (@Phillies_Muse) June 7, 2023
No MLB batter in the entire Statcast era has hit a pitch so high so hard. It just doesn't happen (well, until yesterday).
This pitch is over 4 feet high.
Elly De La Cruz hit it at 112 MPH for a double.
Totally and completely insane. pic.twitter.com/lxZnNgZJkF
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) June 7, 2023
— Charlie H (@CharlieH0924) June 7, 2023
He almost hit it OUT OF THE STADIUM. How can that not be at least 500 feet?
— Uncle Bobby🐀(no relation) (@RobTheIc0n) June 7, 2023
We finally have a superstar that play for the Reds. Dream come true
— Diehard Reds (@Diehard_Reds) June 7, 2023