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Oneil Cruz

Oneil Cruz

SS | B/T: L/R | 6' 7" 175 | Age: 21
Nizao, Dominican Republic
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 136 119 14 32 1 17 3 .269 .346 .412 .757
Career Minors 1384 1251 189 343 32 160 41 .274 .335 .435 .770
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .269 1 17 3 .757
Career Minors .274 32 160 41 .770

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 DSL Dodgers1 DSL ROK 55 211 187 28 55 18 5 0 23 22 44 11 5 0 .294 .367 .444 .811
2017 2 Teams Minors 105 438 397 60 94 11 2 10 44 36 132 8 7 0 .237 .297 .350 .647
2017 Great Lakes Loons MID A(Full) 89 375 342 51 82 9 1 8 36 28 110 8 7 0 .240 .293 .342 .635
2017 West Virginia Power SAL A(Full) 16 63 55 9 12 2 1 2 8 8 22 0 0 0 .218 .317 .400 .717
2018 West Virginia Power SAL A(Full) 103 443 402 66 115 25 7 14 59 34 100 11 5 3 .286 .343 .488 .831
2019 3 Teams Minors 73 292 265 35 79 15 4 8 34 24 74 11 4 1 .298 .356 .475 .832
2019 GCL Pirates GCL ROK 3 11 10 0 6 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 .600 .636 .700 1.336
2019 Bradenton Marauders FSL A(Adv) 35 145 136 21 41 6 1 7 16 8 38 7 3 1 .301 .345 .515 .860
2019 Altoona Curve EAS AA 35 136 119 14 32 8 3 1 17 15 35 3 1 0 .269 .346 .412 .757

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Arm: 70 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55

Every once in a while a prospect comes along to defies traditional evaluations, who can't really fit into a specific box. Cruz, signed by the Dodgers in 2015 and traded to the Pirates in the Tony Watson deal in July 2017, could very well be that kind of player, especially following his strong first full season with his new organization in 2018.

Tall and gangly, Cruz has grown since first entering pro ball and now stands at 6-foot-6, not a height anyone has seen stick at shortstop. And while there's still a good chance he doesn't, he's made more strides at the premium position than anyone anticipated, with a cannon for an arm and above-average speed that helps him range-wise. Super-athletic, Cruz could easily handle an outfield spot should he slow down as he physically matures, and he could easily be an above-average defender in a corner. His real upside, though, comes with the bat. He has as much raw power as anyone in the system and, thanks to some excellent adjustments, he started tapping into it more consistently as a teenager in the South Atlantic League, hitting 14 home runs.

There's still more refinement in terms of strike zone discipline Cruz can make, but he's shown he is more than capable of developing that part of his game. Just 20 for all of the 2019 season, Cruz has tremendous upside and should continue to be one of the most fascinating prospects to track.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/28/2019 SS Oneil Cruz assigned to Peoria Javelinas.
07/30/2019 SS Oneil Cruz assigned to Altoona Curve from Bradenton Marauders.
06/30/2019 Bradenton Marauders activated SS Oneil Cruz from the 7-day injured list.
06/24/2019 sent SS Oneil Cruz on a rehab assignment to GCL Pirates.
04/28/2019 Bradenton Marauders placed SS Oneil Cruz on the 7-day injured list. Right foot fracture.
04/23/2019 SS Oneil Cruz assigned to Bradenton Marauders from Pirates Extended Spring Training.
04/17/2019 SS Oneil Cruz assigned to Pirates Extended Spring Training from Bradenton Marauders.
04/02/2019 SS Oneil Cruz assigned to Bradenton Marauders from Greensboro Grasshoppers.
02/25/2019 SS Oneil Cruz assigned to Pittsburgh Pirates.
08/15/2018 Oneil Cruz roster status changed by West Virginia Power.
12/19/2017 3B Oneil Cruz assigned to Leones del Escogido.
08/03/2017 West Virginia Power activated SS Oneil Cruz.
07/31/2017 Pittsburgh Pirates traded LHP Tony Watson to Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Angel German and 3B Oneil Cruz.
07/31/2017 3B Oneil Cruz assigned to West Virginia Power.
04/03/2017 3B Oneil Cruz assigned to Great Lakes Loons from DSL Dodgers1.
06/03/2016 3B Oneil Cruz assigned to DSL Dodgers1.
07/02/2015 Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent SS Oneil Cruz to a minor league contract.