Oneil Cruz’s first chance at an extended look in the major leagues is officially in the books.
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled the recently-turned 24-year-old from Triple-A Indianapolis on June 20 and never looked back. Cruz spent the rest of the year wearing a black and gold uniform.
Though there were some growing pains, Cruz flashed the potential that made him one of the top prospects in all of baseball entering the season.
In 87 games with Pittsburgh in 2022, Cruz slashed .233/.294/.450 (106 wRC+) with 17 home runs, 54 RBIs and 11 steals.