Cruz is the tallest position player at Pirate City’s major-league spring training camp, and he aspires to be the game’s tallest shortstop one day.
Through team interpreter Mike Gonzalez, Cruz remarked Saturday, “It feels amazing.” “To be here is a privilege and a blessing.” I am ecstatic. Last year, I had a lot of fun showing off a little bit of what I had.”
When he went into Pirates manager Derek Shelton’s office last week, the 21-year-old Dominican certainly made a huge first impression.
Cruz was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Tony Watson deal in July 2017, and has since ascended through the ranks to become the team’s No. 17 prospect.
Cruz, who bats left-handed, divided last season between high-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona, appearing in 35 games for each squad.
He hit .301/.345/.515 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs for the Marauders. He hit .269/.346/.412 for the Curve, with one home run and 17 RBIs.
Cruz was a member of the Arizona Fall League, where he batted.190 in 14 games. He spent the rest of the offseason strengthening his body, gaining between 5 and 10 pounds.
Cruz said, “I focused a lot on hitting the weights and gaining a little more weight, and really a lot on my preparation so I can have a longer season.”
Jordy Mercer, the former Pirates shortstop, is 6-3, but Cruz has a four-inch height edge. That might become a negative because of his lengthy levers and the nimbleness necessary to turn double plays.
“It’s feasible,” Shelton remarked, “and from what I’ve heard, he can play there.” “I haven’t seen him except on video a little bit, seeing him take some ground balls.”
Anything is possible, especially if he’s as excellent as they say he is as an athlete.”
How Tall Is Oneil Cruz?
Oniel Cruz stands at a height of 2.01 m.