Sunday, February 13, 2005

Eulogio De la Cruz Report

Eulogio De la Cruz, RHP, Detroit Tigers
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2001, Dominican Republic
Bats R/Throws R
20 YO, 5'11", 160 lbs

What an outstanding name. It just jumps out at you. But even if you were able to forget the name, you wouldn't forget his radar gun readings. He has a high 90's fastball the burns the ground below it. The problem is that he has NOTHING to go with it. No curve, no change, no slider, no splitter. Just heat, all the time.

2004 West Michigan: 3.83 ERA, 44 K, 33 BB, 51 H, 13 WP, 54 IP
Career: 3.81 ERA, 128 K, 72 BB, 121 H, 120 IP

His control is poor and even with the fastball being as good as it is, he still gives up hits at a rate that's pretty close to average. When you combine that with the number of walks he gives up, De la Cruz just isn't likely to be successful in more advanced leagues without a lot of work. He needs some kind of secondary pitch and he needs to learn how to harness that velocity and throw some strikes.

ETA: 2008
2 stars

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