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2021 Cincinnati Reds Instructional League Roster

Run, don't walk, to Goodyear, Ariz., to get a look at one of the hottest prospects in the game. He's lanky, lightning-quick and gifted with light-tower power and already in the conversation for a spot on the Top 100 Prospects list. Of course, we're talking about Elly De La Cruz, who went from anonymous to unstoppable in about the same amount of time it took for one of his home runs to clear the fence. His at-bats should be required viewing for those prowling the backfields in the desert heat.

The Reds' roster isn't a one-man show, however. Far from it. You want power? Check out catcher Mat Nelson, who led the NCAA in longballs in 2021, and third baseman Rece Hinds, possessor of some of the sport's most prodigious pop. Shortstop Jose Torres hasn't been in the system long, but the North Carolina State product already drew some nice compliments from those who saw him in the Low-A East.

And if it's velocity you're after, check out righthander Joe Boyle. The Notre Dame product might not dot the corners with regularity, but he'll give the ol' Stalker Pro a workout.

Joe BoyleRHP22
Ryan CardonaRHP21
Reynaldo CruzRHP19
Jose FrancoRHP20
Yomil MaysonetRHP21
James ProctorRHP23
Gabriel AguileraRHP21
Kevin AbelRHP22
Julian AguiarRHP20
Donovan BenoitRHP22
Dennis BoatmanRHP21
Myles GaymanRHP23
Jake GozzoRHP24
Damian HendersonLHP24
Owen HoltRHP22
Jefferson LopezRHP20
Hunter ParksRHP20
Nicolo PinazziLHP21
Jake StevensonRHP24
Anthony ZimmermanRHP25
Wilfred AstudilloC21
Hayden JonesC21
Mat NelsonC22
Andruw SalcedoC18
Michael TrautweinC22
Donovan Antonia2B18
Austin Callahan3B20
Elly De La CruzINF19
Ilvin Fernandez3B20
Rece Hinds3B21
Ruben Ibarra1B22
Ivan JohnsonSS/2B22
Matt McLainSS22
Braylin MinierSS18
Jose TorresSS21
Michel Triana1B21
Deivid AlcantaraOF18
Jay AllenOF18
Yerlin ConfidanOF18
Blake DunnOF23
Austin HendrickOF20
Jack RogersOF22
Justice ThompsonOF21
Eddy AlcantaraLHP21
Elkyn ChirinosRHP21
Vladimir GutierrezRHP20
Nestor LorantRHP19
Leonardo BalcazarINF17
Carlos JorgeINF18
Ariel AlmonteOF17
Malvin ValdezOF17

Reds' Elly De La Cruz Shows Aptitude Beyond His Years

The 20-year-old phenom is loaded with natural talent, but knows which areas he needs to improve and was working on them this spring.

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