Oneil Cruz
21-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Pittsburgh Pirates AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While Cruz may eventually change positions, the fact remains he was a full-time shortstop in a repeat of Low-A, despite standing 6-foot-6 (roughly 180 pounds). There is no precedent for a player his size sticking up the middle, so let's assume he will move to a corner -- his 80-grade arm would fit nicely at third base or in right field. Despite repeating the level, Cruz was one of the youngest players in the Sally League, where his 134 wRC+ ranked sixth and his .201 ISO ranked 10th. His 22.6 K% was impressive, and his 50-grade speed led to 11 steals on 16 attempts. Of players who debuted in 1980 or later, Richie Sexson, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Corey Hart, Adam Dunn and Darryl Strawberry are the only position players 6-foot-6 or taller who have had prolonged success. Cruz has the same carrying tool (huge raw power) as those players and could join that group if he makes enough contact, but it's important to note how rare it would be. Read Past Outlooks
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Shows skills Monday
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AA
August 20, 2019
Cruz went 1-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases against Double-A Hartford on Monday.
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The steals were his first since he was promoted from High-A Bradenton. Cruz is batting .333 in his last 10 games. He's already ripped off three triples in 21 Eastern League contests and continues to show why he ranks near the top of Pittsburgh's prospects list. The 6-foot-6 infielder has played shortstop exclusively in 2019 but it wouldn't be surprising to see him end up at another position in the majors. Cruz is slashing .307/.357/.493 with seven homers and 10 steals across three levels in 2019.
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Struggling early after promotion
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AA
August 6, 2019
Cruz, who was promoted to Double-A Altoona on July 30, has gone 5-for-26 (.192 average) with a 2:8 BB:K in his first eight games with the affiliate.
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Back in action Sunday
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AA
June 30, 2019
Cruz (foot) went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs against Fort Myers on Sunday.
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Set to accelerate rehab
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AA
Foot
June 20, 2019
Cruz (foot) appears on track to accelerate his rehab program and build up toward a return to game action in 7-to-10 days, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Making progress in rehab
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AA
Foot
May 23, 2019
Cruz (foot) was recently cleared to resume full weight-bearing activities, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Suffers serious injury
3BPittsburgh Pirates  AA
Foot
April 28, 2019
Cruz suffered a fractured foot while sliding into second base Friday, general manager Neal Huntington said during his Sunday radio show.
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