Baseball’s newest star Elly De La Cruz, 21, claims he is the ‘fastest man in the WORLD’ as he continues to impress in the big leagues for Cincinnati
- His first career home run soared an impressive 458 feet against the Dodgers
- He was clocked running at 29 feet per second while scoring on a groundball
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Top-ranked Cincinnati Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz has made a bold claim as he continues to burst onto the big-league scene in a major way.
Following the Reds’ 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the 19-year-old De La Cruz stated, ‘I am the fastest man in the world,’ during a post-game interview.
Since making his major league debut on June 6 the No. 4 ranked prospect in all of MLB has dazzled fans with not only his explosive speed, but also the power he displayed when he belted a 458-foot-long ball against the Dodgers.
In his six games since being called up to replace injured outfielder Nick Senzel, De La Cruz has hit .364 with eight hits, five runs scored, a home run, three stolen bases, and four RBIs.
He has also recorded an impressive list of team stats within the six games as well, per Baseball America’s JJ Cooper, including: the two hardest-hit balls by any Reds player this year, six fastest sprint speeds recorded by any Reds player this year, and the hardest throw by any Reds infielder this year.
Cincinnati Reds’ rookie Elly De La Cruz called himself the ‘fastest man in the world’ on Sunday
De La Cruz has dazzled with his speed since being called up and put it on display once again
He turned on the jets to score multiple runs in the game and hit a speed of 29 feet per second
During Sunday afternoon’s contest his wheels were once again on full display when the exciting young infielder turned on the jets as he scored from first base on a double that was hit to centerfield by teammate Spencer Steer.
According to MLB.com, De La Cruz scored in just 11.48 seconds and required only 3.17s to reach home plate from third base on the play.
During the play De La Cruz nearly caught up to his teammate Jonathan India, who had scored from second base.
‘When I crossed the plate, I turned around and he was already sliding,’ India recalled. ‘He’s the fastest human I’ve ever seen on a baseball field.’
De La Cruz also scored during the game on a separate play that saw him clocked at a speed of 29 feet per second according to Statcast, just barely beating the throw from shortstop Pail DeJong who was already playing further than normal on a ground ball.