Julio Delacruz has shown consistent tools since November. His bat, power projection and defensive skills will allow him to develop and play 3b long term. His trainer is former Major League player Luis Polonia who facility (la Barranquita) in his home town Santiago. Delacruz has great make up and worked hard during the DPL season to polish his game. He was named co-captain of the DPL Elite Travel Team and selected to the 2012 DPL All-Star Game. Pirates Latin American Director Rene Gayo who signed DPL Alum Willy Garcia has a great track record in Latin America signing a number of Big League players throughout his career. While the Pirates only upped their budget in 2008, the international scouting department led by Gayo has been in place since before Neal Huntington arrived. They’ve seen more success in recent years since increasing the budget, although their biggest signing is currently on the verge of breaking in to the majors in Starlin Marte. Rene took notice of Julio’s over all tools and decided to make him a piece of the Pirates long term plan. Rene said ” We are excited to sign the best pure hitter in Latin America this year”.
The Pirates and Delacruz agree to a contract value of $700,000.00
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Luis Polonia and the Delacruz family.
3B JULIO DELACRUZ- PERFECT GAME REPORT
6-1/190, R/R, 10/5/95, Yamasa, DR
Trainer: Luis Polonia
PG Grade: 9.5
Delacruz has a combination of a thick, strong core and lower half and a more slender upper half, with long arms for his height. He’s a 6.87 runner with easy defensive actions at third base, very soft hands and plenty of raw arm strength. He’s not as physically talented defender as Joaquin Delacruz at third base, but should be a solid average defender at the position in the future.
Offensively, Delacruz has a very good weight shift through contact and uses his hips and lower half very well in generating bat speed. He has a bit of a hand hitch getting his swing started and will get long and loopy at times, especially when looking to pull the ball, but is an advanced hitter who can drive the ball hard to the alleys and occasionally lift the ball out of the park.