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Birth Date10-4-1998
Height6' 7"
Weight175 lbs
Age21 years, 6 months, 4 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2015
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-1.82019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2016 DDO Rk DSL 55 211 .237 .330 .317 .382 101 6.7 6.2 0.6 146 0 3.8 0.0 6.4 1.7
2017 GRL A MID 89 375 .252 .324 .384 .323 97 -1.1 10.5 1.3 83 0 -9.1 3.2 -6.7 -0.1
2017 WVA A SAL 16 63 .262 .323 .383 .323 102 0.4 1.8 0.2 78 0 0.6 1.0 -1.3 0.2
2018 WVA A SAL 103 443 .248 .314 .376 .346 99 17.2 12.4 5.6 130 0 -5.9 2.5 13.0 2.9
2019 BRD A+ FSL 35 145 .237 .303 .352 .374 99 9 3.9 1.8 152 0 2.2 0.1 6.9 1.6
2019 ALT AA EAS 35 136 .235 .308 .360 .365 97 3.9 3.5 1.6 121 0 2.9 1.1 2.8 1.3
2019 PIR Rk GCL 3 11 .258 .367 .345 .667 105 3 0.3 0.2 209 0 -0.2 0.3 1.1 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2016 DDO Rk DSL 211 187 28 55 18 5 0 83 23 22 44 11 5 .294 .367 .444 .150 1 0
2017 GRL A MID 375 342 51 82 9 1 8 117 36 28 110 8 7 .240 .293 .342 .102 5 0
2017 WVA A SAL 63 55 9 12 2 1 2 22 8 8 22 0 0 .218 .317 .400 .182 0 0
2018 WVA A SAL 443 402 66 115 25 7 14 196 59 34 100 11 5 .286 .343 .488 .201 4 0
2019 ALT AA EAS 136 119 14 32 8 3 1 49 17 15 35 3 1 .269 .346 .412 .143 2 0
2019 BRD A+ FSL 145 136 21 41 6 1 7 70 16 8 38 7 3 .301 .345 .515 .213 0 0
2019 PIR Rk GCL 11 10 0 6 1 0 0 7 1 1 1 1 0 .600 .636 .700 .100 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 PIT $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d2020

Details
  • 2020. Contract selected by Pittsburgh 11/20/19.
  • Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from LA Dodgers 7/31/17.
  • Signed by LA Dodgers 7/2/15 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic. $950,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 386 39 79 14 2 13 44 15 119 2 1 .215 .244 .370 56 -4.5 SS -1 -0.6
80o 365 34 72 13 2 12 40 13 115 2 1 .206 .234 .358 47 -9.2 SS -1 -1.1
70o 350 32 65 12 1 11 37 12 112 2 1 .194 .221 .334 41 -12.3 SS -1 -1.4
60o 337 29 60 11 1 10 34 11 109 2 1 .186 .211 .319 36 -14.6 SS -1 -1.6
50o 325 27 55 10 1 9 32 10 106 2 1 .176 .201 .301 31 -16.7 SS -1 -1.8
40o 313 25 51 9 1 9 30 9 103 1 1 .169 .192 .296 27 -18.5 SS -1 -2.0
30o 300 23 47 8 1 8 28 9 100 1 1 .163 .187 .280 21 -20.2 SS -1 -2.2
20o 285 21 43 8 1 7 25 8 96 1 1 .157 .180 .270 15 -22.0 SS -1 -2.4
10o 264 18 36 6 1 6 22 7 91 1 1 .141 .163 .243 7 -24.0 SS -1 -2.6
Weighted Mean329285710110331110721.180.207.31333-16.0SS -1-1.8

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2020-03-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)How soon until large adult son Oneil Cruz makes the majors? He had a solid start to spring training.
(Raymond from DC)
Well, we have to have a majors first. I think it's going to be a bit, though. I wouldn't expect him til mid-season 2021, on the early end, in all honesty. (Craig Goldstein)
2020-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Monte Harrison and Onell Cruz-----how high are their ceilings and what are their estimated ETA's?
(rich from brookhaven)
I am a big believer in Oneil Cruz. His upside is as massive as his 6-foot-7 frame. I provided a rough peak projection in my ceiling-only Top-101 dynasty prospects: .265/.330/.500/30/10

You can find that article here: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/article/57095/ceiling-only-dynasty-prospect-rankings-the-top-101-of-2020/

I would expect Cruz to arrive either late-2020 (September) or mid-2021. He is on the 40-man roster so a September cup-of-coffee is possible.

Harrison has big tools but tons of swing-and-miss. His ceiling is something like .250/20/20 with all kinds of risk. I would expect him to arrive at some point in 2020. He is also on the 40-man roster. (Jesse Roche)
2020-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Following up on last week, Oneil Cruz is REALLY tall.
(Jordan from South Dakota)
Yes, yes he is. (Jesse Roche)
2020-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Oneil Cruz is tall.
(Jordan from South Dakota)
Quite (Jesse Roche)
2020-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Oneil Cruz everyone talks about his big power and size and if he can stick at SS, I wonder can he make enough contact for it to work. Is he a sell high on the power hype before the contact issues could take its toll on his value?
(brad from NJ)
He has long levers as you'd expect, but the approach and feel for contact aren't awful. His K-rate's have been a tick above-average as a pro, but he's been young for his levels, and if he can even just maintain that, the power will play. (NL Central Top 10 Chat)
2019-10-18 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Steve got a couple of true/false questions for you :). O'Neil Cruz will at some stage in his MLB career lead the league in home runs? Jo Adell will be at some stage in his MLB career will win the Triple Crown ? Forest Whitley will strike out 250+ in at least one season of his MLB career? Thanks for the chat mate.
(boatman44 from Liverpool)
ONeil Cruz could lead the league in home runs, given that Pete Alonso//Joey Gallo/Cody Bellinger/Christian Yelich/Nolan Arenado/etc. all get hurt. In other words, not liekly.

Jo Adell will probably strike out too much (but hey who isn't these days) to have the batting average/OBP necessary to win it.

Whitley like I stated earlier has the highest upside of any pitcher in the minors. Given how the Astros work with pitchers, a 250 strikeout season would not shock me. (Steve Givarz)
2019-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How has Oneil Cruz looked in AFL so far? Whats his trajectory next year?
(Sean from Boston)
I pinged Ricky Conti who was just in Arizona for us and he had this to say about Cruz:

"OíNeil put on an absolute show in BP from a low effort swing. Heís also a stick so a plus plus future raw grade isnít unreasonable. He actually handled SS just fine. The height thing doesnít seem to hold him back. He's exciting. I definitely left a lot higher on him than I was before."

Ricky will also have a detailed eyewitness account coming to the site soon, so keep an eye out for that. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-07-31 12:00:00 (link to chat)Ok so what should we think of Oneil Cruz? He was recently promoted to AA but am I wrong to still being skeptical because of his size? What are your thoughts on him?
(Neil from The Moon)
We're pretty high on him internally. He's probably not a shortstop but Jarrett Seidler just saw him this week and said he made some shortstop plays. I wouldn't be too skeptical. He's a player. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-05-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Oneil Cruz's defence improving at SS?
(Derek from Chicago)
He's currently laid up on the injured list, but we have a prospect team member in Bradenton who will report on this when he's active again (Craig Goldstein)
2019-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm convinced Oneil Cruz has fantasy superstar potential. What say you?
(Jordan from Dakota)
Potential is a tricky word. Does that outcome exist in the spectrum of possibilities? Sure. I think he's intriguing and is likely to be fun and useful but not a superstar. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-02-06 21:00:00 (link to chat)Is Oneil Cruz a top 10 fantasy prospect if he sticks at SS?
(Jatheesh from Waterloo)
He *could* be, but ... Cruz isnít going to stick at short. He might be very athletic for someone his size, but heís still someone his size. I think RF is the most likely destination, but wonít rule out third (which is a compliment toward his glove work given his trimmer Aaron Judge-ass frame) - BC (Dynasty 101 Chat w/ Ben Carsley and Bret Sayre)
2018-07-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any prospect that hasn't been getting coverage that you think can should be?
(Boricuan from DR)
This is tough because I just had to burn all my guys for the midseason list coverage, heh. I will say that we've been covering Oneil Cruz more as an oddity than a top prospect and he's getting really close to being the latter if he's not already there. (Jarrett Seidler)
2018-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the following for dynasty fantasy purposes: Cavan Biggio, Esteury Ruiz, Oneil Cruz, Shed Long, Ke'Bryan Hayes. Thanks in advance.
(Enrique from The Ranch)
What a weird hodgepodge. Probably Shed/Hayes/Biggio/Cruz/Ruiz (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-05-22 23:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Wilson. Wasn't sure if you had chance to get eyes on or any updates on Oneil Cruz as I know he is in full season and super young?
(Jerry from Earth)
Emmett's had a few looks at him, and I wrote an update based off his notes in an MLU recently: "Described by prospect team member Emmett Rosenbaum as "one of the weirdest things I've seen" Cruz is a gangly 6-foot-6, 175-pound shortstop. After turning heads at the Dodgers' DSL affiliate last summer, he's been adjusting as you might expect for an 18-year-old navigating his stateside and full-season debut. While he's highly unlikely to stick at short as he fills out, the profile's still intriguing at third. More from Emmett: "The power is definitely real, he [shows] some pretty impressive strength given how little his body is filled out." (Wilson Karaman)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)I am a sucker for extreme lottery tickets so drafted Daniel Montano & Oneil Cruz this preseason. Do you have any opinions on them Craig?
(David from Atlantis)
I don't have much on Montano you don't already know. Cruz is fascinating playing third base at his size, and I guess what I'd say is that if you bought in before, don't abandon ship because of Low-A stats, as he's raw, 18 years old, and likely to struggle at that level. We should be able to provide updates on him as we have a few people covering the midwest league. (Craig Goldstein)


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