Oneil Cruz Pittsburgh Pirates

Age: 24 (October 04, 1998) | 6' 7" | 210lbs. | Bats: Left SS-2
PIT R 2019 3 10 0 6 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .600 .636 .700 9 9 .667 n/a
PIT A+ 2019 35 136 21 41 8 38 6 1 7 16 7 3 .301 .345 .515 6 26 .374 n/a
PIT AA 2019 35 119 14 32 15 35 8 3 1 17 3 1 .269 .346 .412 11 26 .365 n/a
PIT AA 2021 62 250 51 73 20 64 15 5 12 40 18 3 .292 .346 .536 7 24 .349 n/a
PIT AAA 2021 6 21 11 11 8 5 1 0 5 7 1 0 .524 .655 1.29 28 17 .545 n/a
PIT NL 2021 2 9 2 3 0 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 .333 .333 .667 0 44 .500 60/20/20 1 1
PIT NL 2022 87 331 45 77 28 126 13 4 17 54 11 4 .233 .294 .450 8 35 .317 49/17/34 17 15
Career 2yrs 89 340 47 80 28 130 13 4 18 57 11 4 .235 .295 .456 8 35 .321 n/a
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Oneil Cruz (SS) PIT - Sep. 04

Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Blue Jays.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Cruz took Ross Stripling yard in the fifth inning for his 12th homer of the season. Cruz is hitting .244 across his last 11 games, but he has six extra-base hits in that span -- including three home runs, two triples and a double. He has had long spells with little production thanks to a 37.6 percent strikeout rate, though Cruz also has a .218 ISO to go along with six steals across 242 plate appearances for the season.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 5

Oneil Cruz (SS) PIT - Aug. 03

Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an additional run scored in an 8-7 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Cruz blasted a line-drive home run 434 feet over the right field wall in the bottom of the seventh to help power the Pirates to a come-from-behind victory on Wednesday night at home. There have been some growing pains as the electrifying rookie shortstop adjusts to big-league pitching, as Cruz came into the game hitting only .209.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 4


06.21... In his first game since his callup, Oneil Cruz went
2-for-5 with a double and four RBI to lead the Pirates to a 12-1 win
over the Cubs on Monday.
Spin: If only the Pirates had carried
Cruz out of spring training, they'd surely be in first place right now.
Cruz showed his talent in all aspects tonight. He had the hardest-hit
ball of the season for a Pirate (112.9 mph), the highest sprint speed of
the season for a Pirate and the hardest throw by any MLB infielder --
Pirate or not -- in 2022 (96.7 mph). Cruz probably won't hit for average
as a rookie, but he'll be productive anyway and he's already made the
Pirates more interesting than they've been in years.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 21

Today in the Athletic they looked at some of the initial indicators of new efforts to address tanking and service time manipulation.  As you might expect, some indicators aren't good...

In the days before and after the lockout, many owners operated as if flush. Teams doled out an estimated $3.2 billion to free agents, according to Spotrac. Thirteen clubs made nine-figure commitments. The splurges were pretty impressive for an industry where, as Manfred insisted back in February, the return on investment is “below what you’d expect to get in the stock market, with a lot more risk.”

“We know that they have the money to spend,” Britton said. “Regardless of what the public narrative was.”

For several players, though, the spending did not represent a panacea. The scourge of tanking and service-time manipulation has not yet ended. In the days after the lockout ended, Oakland dealt away franchise cornerstones Matt Chapman and Matt Olson. The Reds displayed their roster like a garage sale and invited the neighborhood. Pittsburgh optioned top prospect Oneil Cruz to Triple A, where he will attend The Kris Bryant School of Defensive Improvement. The Guardians bolstered an 80-win roster by spending a grand total of $3.9 million in free agency. The Orioles have not signed a free agent to a multiyear contract since the spring of 2018.

“You’ve got to have all 30 teams trying to compete,” said Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt, who was also traded from Oakland. “And just looking at the market right now, I don’t know if that’s actually happening.”

Bassitt was outlining something obvious to any dedicated observer of the sport. He was also repeating a talking point the MLBPA has stressed for years now. One new CBA — even one with higher minimum salaries and elevated thresholds for the competitive balance tax — could not rectify what the players view as an imbalance with the ownership class. The owners have stymied any attempt by the union to reach arbitration or free agency earlier. “We’re fighting for young players getting closer to what their market value is,” Semien said.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Apr 6

According to my friend who works at the park in Bradenton, he doesn't.  There for the opener and an empty box since.

It's a mistake to think baseball owners care about baseball.  They care about money.

Mike Landau ML-
Mar 30

I guess what you'd ask Nutting if you had a chance is "What's the plan?"  I don't really see them stockpiling prospects.  Is he just content to lose forever, and make money?  I mean, money's great, but if you're Nutting, you're going to get booed IN YOUR OWN BALLPARK if you show your face.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 30

It's even worse than that. Each MLB team's estimated revenue floor is somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million before each team even sells a ticket (and that's the conservative estimate). (I think I got that from Eno Sarris, but I'd have to go back and look).

Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 30

Payroll is around $30 million.  Fangraphs estimated the local TV money at $44 million a year, back in 2020.  Nutting didn't get to be a gajillionaire for nothing.

Mike Landau ML-
Mar 30