RODOLFO DE LA CRUZ, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: November 24, 2003
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2021, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates signed De La Cruz as a projectible outfielder who’d need to get stronger. He may or may not be able to stick in center and has a fringy arm. He’s shown some power and draws a lot of walks, but strikes out at an alarming rate.
Playing all three outfield positions in his debut, De La Cruz drew a ton of walks but struggled to hit. The K rate obviously is unworkable.
Back in the DSL, De La Cruz continued to draw walks and showed a little more power, but didn’t make any progress with the extreme swing-and-miss. He again played all three outfield positions, but played in right the most.
So far, De La Cruz hasn’t shown much at the plate. If the Pirates don’t see enough progress in the off-season to send him to the FCL for 2023, it’s not a good sign.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|January 15, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.