Tue. Jun 21st, 2022
Pirates' prospect Oneil Cruz is long-term fantasy baseball option

At one level or one other in your life, you’ve seemingly heard the phrases, “It’s by no means too early to start out planning for the longer term.” 

It could have been a monetary adviser, a buddy, your dad and mom or your grandparents (after handing you a crisp $1 invoice or $5 price of financial savings bonds), however you’ve heard the recommendation … so much. 

Planning forward in fantasy baseball isn’t any totally different, particularly when you might have gobs of gifted gamers able to make an impression after getting their name to The Show. Some could arrive ahead of others (i.e. the Tigers’ high prospect Riley Greene was known as up Friday), however they’re all worthy of consideration.

The Pirates’ high prospect, shortstop Oneil Cruz, is one who needs to be arriving any second now. 

Cruz performed two video games within the majors final yr, going 3-for-9 (.333) with a homer, three RBIs, two runs and a 1.000 OPS. Though it was the smallest of small pattern sizes, his 118.2 mph most exit velocity would have ranked seventh within the majors — one spot behind Mets slugger Pete Alonso (118.4). (He additionally had a ball clocked at 122 mph within the minors this yr, so he clearly hits the ball exhausting.)

Oneil Cruz swings whereas with the Indianapolis Indians.
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Cruz didn’t begin the season with the Pirates, seemingly due to service-time manipulation, and the 23-year-old didn’t assist his trigger by hitting .176 with a .566 OPS whereas hanging out in 32.9 p.c of his at-bats in April. His turnaround, nonetheless, got here fairly fast. 

After going 0-for-8 in his first two video games in May, he went 23-for-82 (.281) with six homers, 19 RBIs, 20 runs, three stolen bases and .941 OPS in his subsequent 20 video games. He struck out in 19.6 p.c of his at-bats whereas drawing a stroll 13.4 p.c of the time. 

Though he hit simply .236 and struck out 23.2 p.c of the time in his first 52 video games for Triple-A Indianapolis, Cruz had not less than one hit in 25 of his previous 31 video games whereas hitting .289 with eight homers, 25 RBIs, 30 runs, 4 stolen bases and a .945 OPS in that span. 

Despite his 24.7 p.c strikeout fee within the minors, he has hit .275 with 58 homers, 240 RBIs, 291 runs, 71 stolen bases and .802 OPS in six seasons. Between Triple-A and Double-A final yr, he hit .310 with 17 homers, 47 RBIs, 62 runs, 19 stolen bases and a .970 OPS in simply 69 video games. 

If you’re on the lookout for a participant with a robust bat, stable pace and an entire lot of upside, that is your man. And the time so as to add him is, nicely, now. He entered the weekend owned in simply 7.7 p.c of ESPN leagues, and that quantity goes rise as quickly as he lands in Pittsburgh. 

Oneil Cruz
Oneil Cruz hit a house run in his MLB debut final season.
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Here’s a have a look at two different prospects who needs to be in your radar: 

In two five-game stints within the majors this season, the Twins’ Alex Kirilloff hit .172 with a 37.5 p.c strikeout fee. In 28 Triple-A video games since his demotion, Kirilloff is 42-for-109 (.385) with 10 homers, 31 RBIs, 32 runs and a 1.201 OPS. He has struck out in simply 15.6 p.c of his at-bats whereas drawing a free cross 12.5 p.c of the time. Opportunity is the issue right here, although a path again to the majors could open up if Trevor Larnach continues to wrestle. 

The Royals are a horrible group, and Carlos Santana, who entered the weekend hittting .191, isn’t doing a lot to make it higher. Meanwhile, Vinnie Pasquantino is hitting .278 with 17 homers, 58 RBIs, 45 runs and a .973 OPS in 60 video games at Triple-A (and that’s regardless of hitting .188 with a .619 OPS in his first 13 video games this month). He has nothing left to show within the minors, as he’s hit .293 with 55 homers, 195 RBIs and a .962 OPS over three seasons.

Big Hits

Jon Berti 2B/3B, Marlins 

Not solely did he hit .308 with six RBIs and 9 runs in his first 14 video games this month, but in addition he stole 10 bases. He has 12 stolen bases since May 27. 

Tyler Mahle SP, Reds 

Hasn’t gained since May 13, however had a 1.30 ERA with a 36:7 strikeout-walk fee and .155 opponents’ common over his previous 4 begins. 

Tyler Mahle
Tyler Mahle

Rhys Hoskins 1B, Phillies 

His common rose from .215 on May 29 to .253 getting into the weekend after he went 23-for-64 (.359) with six homers, 13 RBIs, 13 runs and a 1.188 OPS over his subsequent 16 video games. 

Tony Gonsolin SP, Dodgers 

Picked up a win in seven of his previous eight begins whereas sustaining a 1.36 ERA with 47 strikeouts and an insane .129 opponents’ common. 

Big Whiffs

Alex Bregman 3B, Astros 

Entered Friday having not homered since May 23, going 13-for-71 (.183) with 4 RBIs, eight runs and a .532 OPS in 19 video games since. 

Trevor Rogers SP, Marlins 

Allowed 19 earned runs over his previous 21 ¹/₃ innings (8.02 ERA) whereas going 1-1 with a 17:15 strikeout-walk fee, six homers allowed and a wholesome .311 opponents’ common. 

Trevor Larnach OF, Twins 

Just 5 hits in his first 44 at-bats (.114) this month with 18 strikeouts and .460 OPS. Hit .299 with a .891 OPS in his first 32 video games. 

Trevor Larnach
Trevor Larnach
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Yusei Kikuchi SP, Blue Jays 

Last win got here on May 16, and he’s 0-2 with a 7.23, 23:12 strikeout-walk fee and .321 opponents’ common in his previous 5 begins. 

Check Swings

  • Anthony Rendon, who was having a depressing season (.228, 5 HR, 24 RBIs, .707 OPS), will bear season-ending wrist surgical procedure. The Angels’ short-term choices are Matt Duffy and Luis Rengifo, neither of whom are fantasy related. That being mentioned, Brendan Donovan (six-game hit streak getting into Saturday), Kyle Farmer (.388, 12 RBIs, .966 OPS this month), Brandon Drury (.362, 6 HR, 9 RBIs, 18 runs, 1.112 OPS this month) and Berti (see above) are all potential choices to fill the void for now. Dodgers prospect Miguel Vargas might change into an choice down the road if the group grows sick of Max Muncy hitting .153 in the course of their lineup. 
  • Adolis Garcia hit .209 with six homers, 26 RBIs, 23 runs, 4 stolen bases and a .650 OPS over his first 41 video games this season for the Rangers. He entered Friday hitting .244 after going 26-for-84 (.310) with six homers, 15 RBIs, 12 runs, six stolen bases and a .908 OPS over his previous 20 video games. 
  • After going 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA and .242 opponents common over his first eight appearances (4 begins), the Red Sox’s Tanner Houck is 2-0 with two saves, 18 strikeouts and a .190 opponents’ common over his previous eight appearances. He’s obtainable in additional than 65 p.c of ESPN leagues. 
  • Former Met Amed Rosario, owned in lower than 50 p.c of ESPN leagues, entered the weekend on a 10-game hit streak for the Guardians. He was 18-for-42 (.429) with one homer, 5 RBIs, 12 runs, 4 stolen bases and a 1.039 OPS in that span. 
  • On May 13, the Padres’ Eric Hosmer was hitting .377 with 4 homers, 23 RBIs and a .994 OPS. In 28 video games since, he’s hitting .194 with no homers, 21 strikeouts and a .486 OPS. He entered the weekend hitting .288. 

Team Name of the Week

Marte McFly 

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