‘Monster rookie’ Ellie de la Cruz (21, Cincinnati Reds) is showing amazing moves. Following the steal, this time he presented a shocking appearance at the throwing ball.
On the 17th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, reported that Cruz made the fastest infield throw in the history of Statcast measurement.
Cruz started as a third baseman for the fourth time in the home game against the Milwaukee Brewers held at the home stadium, Great American Ball Park, that day.
There were 3 surprise throws. With no runners safe, De La Cruz caught Joey Wimmer’s grounder from third base and threw it to first base for an outcount.
This throw reached a whopping 97.9 miles (about 157.6 km). It was the fastest infield throw since Statcast began measuring in 2015.
The previous record was 97.8 miles, set by O’Neill Cruise in July of last year. It is also followed by Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 97.3 and 96.8 mph.메이저놀이터
However, this is not De La Cruz’s highest throwing speed. De La Cruz threw a whopping 99.2 miles (about 159.6 km) in minor league Triple-A last May.
So, expecting a 100-mph throw from De La Cruz isn’t far-fetched. De la Cruz’s record is likely to be broken by himself.
De la Cruz has been in very good shape since making his major league debut last June. In his last 9 games, he became only the second player in major league history to get 1-3 steals in an inning.