De La Cruz named to All-Star team in second season with Reds

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Shortstop Elly De La Cruz will represent the Cincinnati Reds in the All-Star Game on July 16 in Arlington, Texas.

De La Cruz made the National League roster in his second season. He’ll be the only Reds player in the game.

This will be the third straight year one Reds player has made the All-Star team. Reliever Alexis Diaz was an All-Star in 2023, and starting pitcher Luis Castillo made the team in 2022.

“It means a lot,” De La Cruz told reporters after Sunday’s game vs. the Tigers. “First of all, I want to thank God for the opportunity for making things happen. It means a lot to me.”

Diaz is the first Reds shortstop named to the All-Star team since Zack Cozart in 2017.

De La Cruz is hitting .250 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs. He leads Major League Baseball with 43 stolen bases. That’s 14 more than any other player.

De La Cruz is on pace to steal 78 bases. That would be the most by a player since José Reyes, of the New York Mets, stole 78 in 2007.

De La Cruz, 22, is one of 19 players aged 26 or younger on the All-Star rosters. He’s one of 32 first-time All-Stars. He’s one of nine All Stars from the Dominican Republic.

“It’s very well deserved,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s something that our entire team was so excited for Elly, starting with just who Elly is as a person. He’s been an incredible teammate. He’s a joy to be around every single day, and from Day One of Spring Training, he’s put in the work to get better in all areas.”

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