MICHAEL DE LA CRUZ
CENTERFIELDER
Born: July 10, 1996
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 165
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2012, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: LA Sports Management

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

De La Cruz was one of the Pirates’ two high-profile Latin American signings in 2012, the other being the unrelated Julio De La Cruz.  Michael is a patient hitter who works the count.  He’s a line drive hitter who doesn’t have much present power, although that could develop later as he fills out.  He has good speed and should be able to stay in center.  His arm is average.

2013
DSL:  292/436/367, 226 AB, 11 2B, 3 3B, 58 BB, 50 K, 14-25 SB

De La Cruz had a strong debut, drawing walks and hitting for average.  He didn’t show much power, but he didn’t turn 17 until the mid-point of the season and will likely get stronger.  The biggest negative was that he struck out a lot, possibly a consequence of getting in a lot of deep counts.  He needs to improve on his base stealing efficiency.

De La Cruz is poised to be the next prime prospect to emerge from the Pirates’ increasingly productive Latin American scouting program.  He should be the center fielder in the GCL in 2014.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $700,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 10, 2012: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.