It did not take long for Oneil Cruise, who made his big team debut in 2022, to impress the Pirates with their bright prospect.
With the Cubs leading by one out in the third inning at 12-1 on Monday, the Pirates went on to catch the slow ground ball scored by Catcher Wilson Contreras towards the No. 3 chance third.
The 23-year-old Cruz’s strong throw of an infielder this season, 96.7 mph shot, made Contreras retire first. Only one infielder has taken a strong shot in the State Coast era (since 2015). Patros shortstop Fernando Doddis Jr. is the only other player to beat Cruise twice on the Marines in 2020 and finish first in 2020 with a speed of 97.3 mph.
Michael Chavis, the first paceman to receive a throw, said, “The way he’s in the air is a little different.”
As a real five-tool opportunity, Cruise showed off his skills in the boxer and pace running. By the end of the third inning, he had recorded the Pirates member’s hardest hit (112.1 miles) and three fastest sprint speeds (31.5, 30.7, 30.3 feet per second) this season.
“The guy is awesome,” Ranger Flick shouted before the matrix game. “It simply came to our notice then. Special “.
That win extended Pittsburgh’s lead to 7-0, four runs and a three – run double to center field to cap the third inning drive. This is his third game in the major leagues.
The 6-foot-1 Cruise also had an RBI single during the seventh inning for five.