It was a bit odd not to see former first-round pick Matt McLain among those listed, but he'll surely receive an opportunity during spring training to prove the critics wrong.
De La Cruz will get a chance as well. The shortstop is universally beloved among all the scouts throughout the sport, but apparently the writers over at MLB Pipeline have a different opinion seeing as how New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe is ranked higher than De La Cruz.
Yankees prospect Anthony Volpe is ranked higher than Reds prospects Elly De La Cruz.
Ranking New York Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe ahead of Elly De La Cruz is a slap in the face to the Cincinnati Reds top prospect. Outside of his high strikeout-rate, there's nothing not to like about De La Cruz's game.
Last season, while playing for High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga, the shortstop slashed a combined .304/.359/.586 with 31 doubles, nine triples, 28 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 47 stolen bases. Wow!
As for Volpe, the Yankees shortstop prospect hit .249/.342/.460 with 35 doubles, 21 homers, and 50 stolen bases while splitting time between Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
Granted, those numbers are very good and against a higher level of competition, but De La Cruz is just explosive. De La Cruz's wRC+ of 150 absolutely obliterates Volpe's wRC+ of 117.
MLB Pipeline is the only outlet, so far, who ranked the Yankees' prospect ahead of Elly De La Cruz. This was a gross oversight on the part of Jonathan Mayo and MLB.com, and one that De La Cruz will surely take as a challenge.