Oneil Cruz Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 7" / 210 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/4/1998 (22)
Oneil Cruz Season Stats
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Oneil Cruz News
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz could start to see more playing time in the outfield writes The Athletic's Rob Biertempful. On Wednesday Cruz started at shortstop but played the final two innings in center field, and then on Thursday he got the start out in center field. The Pirates have not officially indicated their plans long-term for Cruz, and while Cruz prefers to remain at shortstop Biertempful reports that Cruz will take the opportunity to play in the outfield if he's given the chance. Chances are still that Cruz will start the year in the minors, but positional flexibility could give him a quicker path to the majors and to fantasy relevancy.
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz, the team's No. 3 prospect and No. 59 overall per MLB Pipeline, hit a home run in Game 3 of the semifinals in the Dominican Republic Winter League and was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI in Game 4. The 6-foot-7 22-year-old hit .357 with four runs and three RBI in the series, also walking three times and stealing a base. Cruz was involved in a car accident that killed three last September, but it looks like he won't be charged with a DUI and should be a full participant in spring training. Despite his size, the left-handed hitter has plenty of arm strength to stick at shortstop and could also develop into an offensive superstar at the next level.
Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Oneil Cruz may be facing a lengthy jail sentence following a tragic car crash in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. The 21-year-old was reportedly driving a vehicle that struck and killed three civilians on a motorcycle. Initial reports suggested he was sober at the time of the incident, but it now appears as though he may have been under the influence of alcohol. If the top-100 prospect is convicted, his MLB career is likely over. It is a terrible and mournful situation on all fronts.
Add Cruz to the very long list of people who are glad 2020 is over. Along with the pandemic and the lack of a minor league season, this young infielder dealt with a serious blow to his prospect value due to concerns about his maturity, which were made even worse when he was involved in a fatal car accident in the Dominican Republic. He appears to have escaped any punishments for the accident which should allow him to play baseball in North America in 2021. The hulking 6-foot-7 infielder has massive raw power think 30+ home runs but he doesn't tap into it consistently enough. Cruz hits too many balls on the ground and needs to improve his launch angle. It's not uncommon for taller hitters to take longer to find consistency with their swing but will this particular prospect put in the necessary work to get better or is he willing to slide by on natural talent? That is the (multi-) million-dollar question. Cruz's upside is massive especially if he can stick in the middle of the diamond but he's a difficult prospect to get behind and really believe in before hearing some reports that highlight a shift in maturity and focus. He's possibly worth a flyer in dynasty leagues and may find his way to Pittsburgh at some point in 2021 if the new management team thinks he can play shortstop at the big league level. As for redraft leagues, he's a potential waiver wire target if things start to click for him and he gets the call.