The Padres released righty Eulogio De La Cruz today, according to a team press release. The 25-year-old was traded by the Marlins to the Padres in March, but then designated for assignment in April. He ended up posting a 3.12 ERA, 7.7 K/9, and 5.7 BB/9 in 69.3 Triple A innings, allowing only two home runs.
Here's what Padres exec Paul DePodesta said about De La Cruz in March, when the Padres acquired him:
Described by our scouts as a "little bull with a big arm" De La Cruz has supposedly thrown 100 mph. Most of the time, however, he sits between 93-97 mph with his fastball, which he complements with both a curveball and a changeup. He has just 16 innings at the big league level (and they weren't very pretty), but we believe he's big league ready. And now for my standard ending... we're excited to have him.