International News

Michael De La Cruz Named A Breakout International Prospect

Michael De La Cruz Named A Breakout International Prospect
John Dreker

Baseball America released their top ten list of potential breakouts among international players and the Pittsburgh Pirates Michael de la Cruz made the list. The 17-year-old center fielder was ranked #20 in our 2014 Prospect Guide, the first international player that made our top 50 list before playing in the United States since Luis Heredia.

Baseball America calls him "one of the most exciting players in the Dominican Summer League in 2013" and they say his skills should transfer over well to the Gulf Coast League this season. They praised his plus speed, plate patience and believe he has the ability to stick in center field.

De la Cruz was signed by the Pirates in July of 2012 for a $700,000 bonus. He hit .292/.436/.367 in his rookie season in 2013, drawing 58 walks in 62 games. He ...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

International News
John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

More in International News

Pittsburgh Pirates Very Active on First Day of International Signings

John DrekerJuly 2, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Juan Pie; Venezuelan Outfielder Angel Basabe

John DrekerJuly 2, 2017

Pirates Linked to Dominican Outfielder Eligible to Sign on July 2nd

John DrekerJune 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 International Signing Review

John DrekerMarch 22, 2017

Pirates Receive Comp B Draft Pick, Larger International Bonus Pool

John DrekerDecember 7, 2016

Pirates Sign the Younger Brother of One of Their Current Prospects

John DrekerNovember 21, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects