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
Heavy pitch, mild arm-side run, late life; attacked the bottom of the zone; showed above-average command
Mild fade, inconsistent arm speed; currently lacks velocity separation
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.