Oneil Cruz
20-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
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
Dealing with groin strain
3BPittsburgh Pirates  A
Groin
August 30, 2018
Cruz hasn't played for Low-A West Virginia since Aug. 13 due to a mild groin strain, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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West Virginia's season is set to end Monday, and it appears unlikely that Cruz will be activated from the 7-day disabled list before then. Since the injury isn't considered a major setback, Cruz should enjoy a rather normal offseason in preparation for an assignment to the Florida State League next spring. The 19-year-old shortstop was impressive in his first complete year of full-season ball, finishing with a .286/.343/.488 slash line, 14 home runs and 11 steals.
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Named Sally League Player of Month for June
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July 13, 2018
Cruz, 19, was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Month for June.
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Sent to Pittsburgh
3BPittsburgh Pirates  A
July 31, 2017
Cruz was traded to the Pirates along with Angel German in exchange for lefty Tony Watson on Monday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Adjusting to life in professional baseball
3BLos Angeles Dodgers  A
June 15, 2017
Cruz is slashing .246/.287/.326 in his first taste of professional baseball with Low-A Great Lakes.
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