Cubs pitching prospect RHP Oscar De La Cruz turns impressive no-hit outing into Midwest League Pitcher of the Week Award
Minor League Baseball announced its players and pitchers of the week (Aug. 8-14) for all levels on Monday. And Oscar De La Cruz received the pitcher of the week award for the Midwest League.
Oscar De La Cruz, 21, was promoted to Low-A South Bend on July 27 and he was lights out in his third start with the SB Cubs. De La Cruz pitched five no-hit innings against Dayton on Aug. 11. De La Cruz allowed just two baserunners (one walk, one hit batsman) and struck out six. De La Cruz made 76 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Over his last two starts, De La Cruz has allowed one run on three hits with two walks and 15 strikeouts in 10 innings. And in his three outings for South Bend, De La Cruz is 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA and 0.55 WHIP. De La Cruz has allowed one run on five hits with three walks, two HBP and 22 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings.
De La Cruz started the season on the DL with a forearm injury. Since he was assigned to Short-Season Eugene on July 18, he has been more than impressive … three runs on 10 hits with five walks, four HBP and 36 strikeouts in 23 innings (1.17 ERA, 0.65 WHIP).
In six games over three levels (AZL Cubs, Short-Season Eugene, Low-A South Bend), Oscar De La Cruz is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. De La Cruz has allowed six runs, four earned, on 13 hits with six walks, four HBP and 38 strikeouts in 26 innings.
Cubs Minor League Players of the Week – 2016
- OF Bijan Rademacher – Southern League (April 7-17)
- INF Chesny Young – Southern League (April 18-24)
- RHP Paul Blackburn – Southern League (April 18-24)
- 2B Ian Happ – Carolina League (April 18-24)
- 1B Dan Vogelbach – Pacific Coast League (May 9-15)
- INF Jason Vosler – Carolina League (May 9-15)
- 1B Yasiel Balaguert – Carolina League (May 16-22)
- OF Eloy Jimenez – Midwest League (May 16-22)
- C Ian Rice – Midwest League (May 23-29)
- RHP Jake Buchanan – Pacific Coast League (May 30-June 5)
- 2B/OF Ian Happ – Carolina League (June 13-19)
- SS/2B Andruw Monasterio – Northwest League (June 20-26)
- LHP Jose Paulino – Northwest League (July 4-10)
- 1B Yasiel Balaguert – Carolina League (July 18-24)
- LHP Jose Paulino – Northwest League (July 18-24)
- 1B Yasiel Balaguert – Carolina League (July 25-31)
- OF Eloy Jimenez – Midwest League (July 25-31)
- OF Jeffrey Baez – Carolina League (Aug. 1-7)
- RHP Trevor Clifton – Carolina League (Aug. 1-7)
- LHP Rob Zastryzny – Pacific Coast League (Aug. 1-7)
- 3B Wladimir Galindo – Northwest League (Aug. 8-14)
- RHP Oscar De La Cruz – Midwest League (Aug. 8-14)
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