On Monday, the Cincinnati Reds got a major boost from left-hander Andrew Abbott, who they had called up to make his Major League debut.
He gave the Reds six shutout innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.
One day later, the Reds decided to add yet another top prospect to their mix.
The team announced that MLB’s No. 4 prospect, shortstop Elly De La Cruz, had been called up.
De La Cruz will likely make his debut for the Reds on Tuesday night as they open up a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On Twitter, the Reds made the announcement of De La Cruz’s arrival.
🚨 ANNOUNCING ELLY DE LA CRUZ 🚨
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 6, 2023
The Reds are currently 27-33 and sit in third place in the NL Central behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Brewers.
At 5.5 games back, the Reds are within striking distance.
But with stars such as De La Cruz on their roster, the Reds look like a team that could potentially turn some heads and become a surprise contender in a few years.
De La Cruz will give them a different look on the offensive side, as he is well known for his astonishing exit velocities and power.
In a corresponding move to De La Cruz’s promotion, the Reds placed Nick Senzel on the 10-day injured list.
The 21-year-old has posted some impressive numbers at Triple-A, having already hit 12 home runs and picking up 36 RBI.
De La Cruz is also hitting .297 with a .633 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.031.
The Reds could receive a major boost with the arrival of the 21-year-old shortstop as they look to gain ground in the NL Central.NEXT: MLB Legend Comments On Top Reds Prospect’s Debut