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Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Not in Wednesday's lineup
Cruz is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game at Arizona, Jody Jackson of Bally Sports Arizona reports.
Cruz started the past nine games and will receive a day off after posting a .235/.278/.500 slash line with three home runs, seven RBI, five runs and a 38.9 percent strikeout rate during that span. Kevin Neman will move to shortstop while Rodolfo Castro starts at the keystone.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Connects on ninth homer
Cruz went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.
Cruz has just 11 hits in 13 games since the All-Star break, but five of them have left the park and he also has 12 RBI over that span. After bouncing around the batting order a bit, Cruz has now hit out of the fifth spot in four straight starts, all against right-handed pitchers.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Hits three-run homer
Cruz went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a steal in Tuesday's victory over the Brewers.
Cruz showed the power and speed combination that scouts have raved about for years with his performance Tuesday. It was his seventh home run and fifth steal since the shortstop made his season debut on June 20. Despite a tantalizing combination of talent, Cruz has a 48:7 K:BB ratio and modest 27 hits in 137 plate appearances, giving him a .209 batting average for the year.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Launches eighth home run
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.
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. 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. However, Cruz's two-hit game lifted his average to .216 and he now has an impressive eight home runs in just 36 games played.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Sitting Saturday
Cruz isn't starting Saturday against the Phillies.
Cruz started the last six games and hit .217 with two home runs, five RBI, a walk and six strikeouts. Kevin Newman will take his place at shortstop while Diego Castillo starts at second base.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Swats sixth homer
Cruz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Cubs.
The rookie went yard in the seventh inning to spoil Keegan Thompson's shutout bid and provide Pittsburgh with its only bright spot on the day. Cruz has a six-game hit streak going, but he's still only slashing .221/.252/.442 through his first 30 big-league contests with a 35.3 percent strikeout rate. His six homers and four steals are a reminder of his impressive upside, however.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Solo homer in loss
Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss against Miami.
Cruz led off the scoring with a solo home run off Sandy Alcantara in the third inning. It was his fifth home run since being called up on June 20. Cruz has started to heat up as he is on a four-game hit streak. One major issue for the young star is that he also has eight strikeouts in those four games and has a 36.6% strikeout rate for the season. He is slashing .208/.241/.415 for Pittsburgh in 28 games this year.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Sitting Friday
Cruz is not in the starting lineup Friday versus the Marlins.
Cruz will get a breather to open the second half of the season as the Pirates start a three-game set against the Marlins. Kevin Newman will slide over to shortstop while Diego Castillo draws the start at second base in the series opener.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Tallies third steal
Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base Wednesday against the Marlins.
Cruz did all of his damage in the fifth inning when he led off with a walk, stole second base and came around to score on a single by Ben Gamel. Cruz has had some growing pains in his first substantial stint in the majors, though he now has three stolen bases to go along with four home runs in 21 games. However, he's also hitting just .210 for the season, in large part due to a 34.9 percent strikeout rate across 86 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Takes seat Monday
Cruz isn't starting Monday's game against the Marlins, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Cruz started in the last four games and went 4-for-15 with a homer, a double, three runs, two RBI and a stolen base. Kevin Newman will shift to shortstop while Josh VanMeter starts at second base Monday.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Slugs fourth homer
Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Sunday against the Brewers.
Cruz took Trevor Gott yard in the sixth inning to record his fourth home run of the season. He has shown the expected pop in his bat since being promoted June 20, as nine of his 16 hits have gone for extra bases. On the other hand, Cruz has a 34.2 percent strikeout rate which has deflated to his batting average to .213 across 79 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Swipes second bag
Cruz went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Reds.
After sitting out the afternoon game, Cruz returned for Game 2 and notched his second steal of the campaign. The strikeouts are piling up at an alarming rate (22 strikeouts now in 17 MLB games this season), and Cruz will need to make more consistent contact in the years to come to get the most out of his immense skills.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: On bench for matinee
Cruz isn't starting the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Reds.
Cruz will get a breather after he hit .156 with three homers, a double, six RBI and four runs over his last nine games. Diego Castillo is starting at shortstop and batting fifth during Thursday's matinee.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Tallies third homer
Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Brewers.
Cruz took Aaron Ashby yard in the fourth inning to tally his third homer of the season. He's striking out at a 32.7 percent clip but has still managed 12 RBI and seven runs scored across 13 games since being recalled. Cruz has also flashed his power regularly, with seven of his 11 hits going for extra bases.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Goes yard Thursday
Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Brewers.
Cruz took Adrian Houser yard in the second inning to record his second home run of the season. Unsurprisingly, his power has translated quickly to the big-league level as five of Cruz's nine hits have gone for extra bases. However, he has also struck out at a 31.8 percent clip, suppressing his batting average to a mark of .214 across 44 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-7, 220 lbs|
|Birthplace: Nizao, Dominican Republic|
|Bats/Throws: L, R|