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Oscar De La Cruz

Born: 03/04/1995 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 250
Tall, athletic frame with projection for added weight; starts from a semi-windup, high leg kick, three-quarter arm slot, mild effort with clean arm action; works quickly and controls tempo, plus command
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 08/07/2016
Affiliate South Bend Cubs (Low A, Cubs)
Dates Seen 8/5/16
OFP 50
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 60 90-91 93 Heavy pitch, mild arm-side run, late life; attacked the bottom of the zone; showed above-average command
CH 45 83-85 86 Mild fade, inconsistent arm speed; currently lacks velocity separation
CV 60 74-76 79 11-6 shape, plus bite, back-doors to lefties, generates plenty of swings and misses; advanced feel to adjust velocity and angle

De La Cruz has finally made it to South Bend after a stay in extended spring training and a brief stop in Eugene. The converted middle infielder has a large frame and the potential to add more weight and strength. The fastball and curve, while currently average, show the necessary ingredients to be above-average as he progresses. These two pitches, along with plus command, give him the floor of a useful bullpen arm. With some added polish on the changeup there is potential for a back-of-the-rotation starter.

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