There's a lotta bad in a 101-loss season. But many things are headed the right way for the Pirates, too.
Right, Oneil Cruz?
“I hope that players like myself do bring hope to this community, this city and organization. I dream about being a champion.”
Mason Martin hit 22 homers for Altoona before being promoted to AAA Indy, where he hit 3 more homers in 8 games.
Oneil Cruz made the big leagues and hit a homer in his 2nd game in Pittsburgh!
Congrats to both on making the Double-A Northeast League Postseason All-Star team -RI https://t.co/LHNPXLDGKA
Top scores by Pittsburgh Pirates hitters during the 2021 #MLB season, per OVOA:
1. Bryan Reynolds: 119.357
2. Oneil Cruz: 2.412
3. Connor Overton: 1.268
4. Taylor Davis: 0.608
No one else had a positive score.
Gotta love a 22 year old 6 foot 7 short stop named after a great #Yankees @PaulONeillYES, making the best of being called up late in the season and killing it.
Pirates news: Oneil Cruz hits first MLB home run in season final https://t.co/5vpSGYkgpT
@MPRichards1981 @tallelvis @Prospects1500 Whoever got Julio at 2 got a steal. Oneil Cruz at 11 is interesting. I'm a Pirates fan and a homer, but I don't know if I'd do that. Curious to see how far Austin Martin falls. Industry has REALLY soured on him. I haven't, I think he's gonna be great, but the industry has.
Nick Castellanos hits a homerun and the world falls apart.
Oneil Cruz hits a homerun and Facebook gets erased from existence.
Thankful yet again to be a Pittsburgh Pirate fan, where peace and harmony always exist.
I watched less Pirates baseball this season than any in a long time. That’s what happens when there’s zero effort to put a winning product on the field (again). They’ve got to actually try to win some games next season. Always skeptical, of course. Oneil Cruz seems fun though.
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#Pittsburgh #Pirates: Oneil Cruz hit THIS for his first Major League home run!!!!...
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Oneil Cruz homers, but Pirates end season in typical fashion with 6-3 loss to the Reds
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@Pirates Oneil Cruz #61 reacts as he crosses home plate after hitting a two run home run for his first Major League home run in the 9th inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on October 3, 2021 in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) #oneilcruz https://t.co/IKrxqMmLP4
Derek Shelton on Oneil Cruz: "I think when we talk about accountability, it runs both ways. He was very accountable when he was in Altoona and when he went to Indianapolis. So if you want to call it a little bit of a reward for that, I would say that’s fair."
Based on the Dodgers having a deep farm system, as well as the large pockets to spend on star free agents, who's to say Oneil Cruz would've gotten an opportunity in LA. Playing for the #Pirates now has to viewed as a blessing for him
You have to tip your cap to Ben Cherington. What he was able to build with a core of Ke’Bryan Hayes, Bryan Reynolds, and Oneil Cruz will bring many wins for years to come in Pittsburgh. Ben Cherington, you’ve done it again!
When Oneil Cruz (6'7") makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he will become the tallest shortstop in MLB history.
Today's tallest shortstop are Corey Seager and Carlos Correa, both at 6'4" tall. https://t.co/dJVwyAP6rV
Good on the Pirates for promoting Oneil Cruz and giving the Pittsburgh faithful a sneak peek of a better 2022. Wish the Reds would have done the same with a couple innings out of the bullpen of Hunter Greene but no such luck.
Multiple sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette late Friday that the club intends to promote Oneil Cruz, one of their top prospects who will be making his MLB debut.
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Picture this: Game 162. Pirates are going for the elusive sweep. We’re down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth and two outs. Out steps Oneil Cruz. He puts one on the opposite side of the Allegheny and the Bucs win. The curse is lifted. We win 120 games in 2022 and get Cutch a ring.
@Dejan_Kovacevic #J1Q with just one weekend series left, should the pirates call up Oneil Cruz? Even if it’s just a few pinch hit ABs or some work in the field, just having that experience would seem beneficial heading into 2022
I’d offer Oneil Cruz a contract this offseason with the hopes he accepts and then starts the year in the majors. They did it with Hayes who is infinitely better defensively, but Cruz’s power is something that costs too much for the Pirates to buy, so you have to roll the dice.
Indianapolis held a Jersey auction tonight for their Circle City jerseys, which are soo smooth.
Oneil Cruz’s Jersey went for $720
Next highest was James Marvel at $260. For those curious and still reading at this point pitching coach Joel Hanrahan’s jersey went for $170
𝐈𝐓. 𝐈𝐒. 𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄. 🔥
The Circle City jersey auction is LIVE. Text VICTORY to 72727 & bid on top @Pirates prospects jerseys like Oneil Cruz, Rodolfo Castro & more. Bid until the end of the seventh inning tonight.
All auction proceeds benefit Indianapolis Indians Charities. https://t.co/zCm1bINM1A
Yesterday at Pirates Prospects, we did a Prospect Roundtable, debating between Henry Davis and Oneil Cruz as the #Pirates top prospect. Thanks to @JohnDreker @AramLeighton8 @TankPotanko013 @garymo2007 and @TalkPirates for their responses! Go check it out and give them a follow! https://t.co/s7COGIgZFo
This lineup In 2023 would be awesome to have. #Pirates
1. 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes
2. 2B Nick Gonzales
3. CF Bryan Reynolds
4. RF Oneil Cruz
5. C Henry Davis
6. DH Michael Conforto
7. 1B Endy Rodriguez
8. SS Liover Peguero
9. LF Andrew McCutchen
#Pirates SS Oneil Cruz is finishing the season on fire. The 22-year old went 2-for-3, with 3 walks, 4 runs, and a solo HR. The lefty is hitting .299/.361/.564 with 15 HR and 19 SB in only 292 PA between AA & AAA. Cruz hasn't moved off shortstop defensively since 2017. #LetsGoBucs
Indianapolis scores 17 runs, Greensboro moves within one game of the title in a game that included 36 strikeouts in nine innings. Oneil Cruz and Nick Gonzales homer. Details here https://t.co/pcL9F8mGin
-The Pirates called up a bunch of players to AAA this week. Mason Martin hit his 1st 2 HRs. Rodolfo Castro had 2 hits including his 3rd AAA homer in 3 games. Oneil Cruz had 3 hits including his 2nd HR in 3 AAA games.
When we look at their #MLB ready prospects, #Pirates have:
C Christian Bethancourt
1B Mason Martin
SS Oneil Cruz
INF Tucupita Marcano, Rodolfo Castro
OF Travis Swaggerty, Cal Mitchell,
SP Roansy Contreras, Miguel Yajure
+talent & versatility
(8 of many)
Pirates with a series of organizational roster moves:
-Taylor Davis selected to join Pirates. Jacob Stallings to 7-day concussion IL.
-Bryse Wilson transferred to 60-day IL
-Rodolfo Castro and Oneil Cruz, along with RHP Roansy Contreras move to Triple-A Indy from Double-A.
More interesting #Pirates prospects now one step away from the big league level
Tons of internal competition for the 2 OF spots flanking Bryan Reynolds...Oneil Cruz still hasn't played an inning in the OF, remaining a 6'7" SS for now https://t.co/wJkmnjAsrC https://t.co/3N8iw5SD66
Class AAA Indy officially announces that Oneil Cruz, Rodolfo Castro, Roansy Contreras, Mason Martin, Cal Mitchell, Canaan Smith-Njigba, Yerry De Los Santos and Osvaldo Bido have been promoted from Class AA Altoona.
Curve snap a 3 game losing streak as they take tonight's game against the Baysox 3-2.
- Oneil Cruz: 1/4, 1 RBI, 1-run HR (12)
- Matt Fraizer: 2/3, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (3)
- Travis MacGregor: 6.1IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 65% strikes
Oneil Cruz and Curve manager Miguel Pérez just got tossed in their game against Bowie. Came right after Contreras delivered a strike three. There was a bang-bang play at second earlier this inning, and it looks like Cruz was still upset about it.
2022 Pirates end of season lineup:
3B Ke’Bryan Hayes
SS Oneil Cruz
CF Bryan Reynolds
1B Colin Moran
RF Michael Chavis
2B Diego Castillo
C Jacob Stallings
LF Travis Swaggerty/Ben Gamel
P Roansy Contreras
Curve even up their series against the Sea Wolves with a win tonight 8-3.
- Oneil Cruz: 2/5, 1 RBI, 1 2B
- Ji-hwan Bae: 3/4, 1 BB
- Jack Suwinski: 2/4, 3 RBI
- Omar Cruz: 5.0IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 64% strikes
ICYMI, Pirates farm director John Baker re: Oneil Cruz: "I don’t think (playing him in OF) makes a lot of sense with couple of weeks left in the season. Also, he’s proven to us he can play shortstop in the major leagues."
Here's Pirates director of coaching and development John Baker talking about Oneil Cruz and others and how playing several positions will be an important part of player development: https://t.co/juiE3b4QXh
This could be us today, but you still playin,@Pirates
1B- J. Bell
2B- Frazier or JHay
SS- Newman (ONeil Cruz is coming)
3B- Key'bryan Hayes
OF- A Meadows
OF- Bryan Reynolds
OF- Starling Marte
SP- Cole, Morton, Taillon, Glasnow