Tigers Claim Kelvin De La Cruz

The Tigers announced that they claimed left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz off of waivers from the Indians. The Tigers have optioned the 23-year-old to Double-A.

It's been a busy few months for De La Cruz, who has been traded to the Rangers, re-acquired by the Indians and then designated for assignment. He posted a 4.19 ERA with 9.9 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9 in 86 innings as a starter and reliever at Double-A last year. The 6'5" lefty has typically walked and struck out lots of opponents, as his career rates of 8.9 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 indicate.

18 Responses to Tigers Claim Kelvin De La Cruz Leave a Reply

  1. Lastings 3 years ago

    This guy brings new meaning to the song, “I’ve Been Everywhere”, man…

    • chico65 3 years ago

      I had been thinking there’d been an explosion in De La Cruzs in MLB over the past few months, but just realized it’s been this poor fellow alone all along.

  2. Great!! Now just wait for Cleveland to want him back…it’ll happen.

  3. LiveFastCyYoung 3 years ago

    Casey Fien: The Sequel

  4. $17049574 3 years ago

    Just what the Tigers need: another lefty who walks a ton of batters.

  5. philliesfan136 3 years ago

    The Tigers will then place him on waivers at 5:00 P.M.

  6. theroundsquare 3 years ago

    The Tigers have done well with former Indians like Peralta and Martinez.  This guy def. puts them over the top.

  7. Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

    if I hear that name again I’ll kill myself…

    • Running Scared 3 years ago

      which one. De La Cruz? Peralta? Martinez? Let me know.

  8. David X 3 years ago

    De La Cruz immediately vaulted to No. 3 on the Tigers’ Top 10 prospect list.

  9. verlander 3 years ago

    A hard thrower with control issues? Nice, we needed another one of those.

  10. Bradley Griffiths 3 years ago

    I saw him pitch a few times in the minors and he does have control issues at times but he has a lot of promise. I was hoping he would clear waivers and not at the same time. He did not deserve what the Indians did with him the last few months. Give him a couple years and bet he is another one of the ex-Indians that come back to bite them.

  11. This guy has been a starter for the vast majority of his time in the minors.  Maybe a move to the bullpen could be his ticket.  Power lefties don’t grow on trees.

  12. verlander 3 years ago

    //Power lefties don’t grow on trees.//

    True.  Probably a big reason why we haven’t dumped Oliver yet.

  13. Running Scared 3 years ago


Leave a Reply