Few players have made life in the major leagues look so easy as quickly as Elly De La Cruz in 2023. In his first 41 games, the 22-year-old phenom has stretched the game’s physical limits: He broke the record for the fastest field assist ever recorded—then broke it again. He stole three bases in a single inning as part of a bravura sequence that spanned about a minute of real time.
And about his latest miracle? He hit a ball from the entire stadium.
Facing the Brewers on Monday night, De La Cruz’s night got off to a rough start as he was robbed a home run by Milwaukee center fielder Joey Wiemer. Always a showman, Red ones The rookie made sure that in his next appearance at the plate, the ball wouldn’t be anywhere near any Brewers hitters. In fact, he cleared the boundaries of the American family field altogether.
Oh, ELLY DE LA CRUZ 🤯
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 25, 2023
What made the play even more impressive was that it came right after the Brewers’ scoreboard operator tried to shock De La Cruz with a cheeky mention of his first plate appearance. The lesson, of course: don’t hit the bear, especially when the bear in this analogy is as talented as De La Cruz has proven to be.
Brewers shock Elly De La Cruz at the scoreboard, so he goes on to hit a thousand-foot home run pic.twitter.com/hCjlqzxY62
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) July 25, 2023
Statcast measured the blast at 456 feet, a number that feels both impressive and overwhelming when compared to the sensory overload that comes with watching the ball’s majestic swing and flight. De La Cruz just missed hitting the Toyota Sequoia promotional ad displayed in the center of the pitch, which would have only added to the spectacle of the moment.
De La Cruz is certainly not a finished product, and there have been and will continue to be times when growing pains bite him as he begins his MLB journey. But his performance Monday further proves what we’ve known for some time: on the diamond at the game’s highest level, there’s nothing he can’t do.