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Tall order; Pirates 6-7 prospect Cruz adjusting on the fly

Oneil Cruz insists he's a shortstop. One problem: genetics.

The Dominican Republic native was 6-foot-1 or so 16-year-old when the Los Angeles Dodgers signed him. The tools - particularly the power and arm strength - were evident. So was the potential.

That potential has only grown over the last half-decade plus. So too, however, has Cruz's frame. The 22-year-old has stretched out to 6 feet, 7 inches during his slow steady rise through Pittsburgh's system after being acquired as part of a trade that sent reliever Tony Watson to Los Angeles. And as much as he'd love to follow in the footsteps of the late Tony Fernandez and play shortstop in the big leagues, his body might not give him the chance.

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Leaders
AVG: C. Moran.247
HR: C. Moran10
RBI: A. Frazier23
SB: A. Alford3
W: R. Rodríguez3
Saves: R. Rodríguez4
K: J. Musgrove55
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 00.000-
Cincinnati 00.000-
Milwaukee 00.000-
Pittsburgh 00.000-
St. Louis 00.000-
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .220 (28)
Runs: 219 (30)
Hits: 425 (26)
Home Runs: 59 (28)
Stolen Bases: 16 (28)
OBP: .284 (30)
SLG: .357 (30)
Total Bases: 690 (29)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.68 (19)
Runs Allowed: 298 (19)
Saves: 6 (30)
Strikeouts: 536 (8)
OpBA: .235 (10)
OBP: .332 (20)
SLG: .416 (16)
Run Support: 3.84 (30)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/24 A. Davis Placed on 60-Day IL (Sprained left elbow)
2/24 D. Fowler Traded Oakland (for cash considerations)
2/19 T. Frazier Signed to a Minor League Contract
2/17 T. Anderson Signed as Free Agent ( 2021)(one-year contract)
2/17 J. Soriano Placed on 60-Day IL (Recovery from right elbow surgery)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
2/24 A. Davis Sprained left elbow (on 60-day IL)
2/17 J. Soriano Recovery from right elbow surgery (on 60-day IL)
9/27 J. Stallings Concussion (7-day IL)
9/20 K. Newman Left knee contusion (10-day IL)
9/17 C. Tucker Concussion (10-day IL)
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