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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz showcases all his skills in impressive season debut

It was a Statcast showcase. We already pointed out he has the hardest infielder throw of the season. He also hit the hardest ball any Pirates player has hit all season (the 112.9 miles per hour double above) and had the three highest sprint speeds recorded this season by a Pirates player (via MLB Pipeline).

All this from the tallest regular shortstop—assuming he stays put—in MLB history.

This wasn’t Cruz’s MLB debut. He played the final two games last season, going 3 for 9 with a home run, three RBI and two runs. He was sent to the minors to start the season and remained there until his callup for Monday’s game. To this point, the Pirates had been one of the worst teams in baseball in terms of shortstop production. That’ll change now with Cruz in there.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2022 at 09:07 AM | 30 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Oneil Cruz optioned to Triple-A in ‘development decision’

—Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz will start the season in the minors.

Cruz, ESPN insider Kiley McDaniel’s No. 13-ranked prospect, was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

A towering, 6-foot-7 shortstop, Cruz put together a solid spring training, going 5-for-15 with two home runs in Grapefruit League play, but manager Derek Shelton said the team believes Cruz needs a little more experience before being called up for good. Cruz hit a home run in October during a brief big league cameo.

“It was a development decision,” Shelton said. “There’s still room for development and still things that we feel he can maximize on.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2022 at 01:19 PM | 15 comment(s)
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