Oneil Cruz

SS · Pittsburgh Pirates

Bats L Throws R
Height 6'6" Weight 175
DOB 1998-10-04 Age 24.9
Hometown Nizao, Dominican Republic
2023 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 4.15, 60th

Season Projections

THE BAT$201365825307913228422724516828.9234.249.311.442.753.193

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Oneil Cruz Won't Return This Season

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    Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz won’t be able to return to the club this season, manager Derek Shelton said on his 93.7 The Fan radio show, as relayed by Alex Stumpf of DK Pittsburgh Sports. Cruz has been been on the injured list since April and hoped to return before season’s end, but it seems that…

    Sep 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Won't Return This Year

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    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday that shortstop Oneil Cruz (ankle) will not return this year, which doesn't come as a surprise considering the fact that Cruz had yet to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Cruz had surgery early in the season to fix a fractured left fibula and had some setbacks during the rehab process. Barring more setbacks in the offseason, the 24-year-old should be fully ready for the start of spring training next year. Despite playing in only nine games in 2023, Cruz has plenty of long-term fantasy appeal at a premium position in Pittsburgh. In 98 games played in his three years in the big leagues, he's hit .237 (54-for-372) with 19 home runs, 61 RBI, 13 stolen bases and 54 runs scored.

    Sep 12 · Source via Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Has "Plateaued" In His Rehab

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (foot) has "plateaued" in his rehab and has stopped his running progression due to left-foot general soreness, according to director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. "It's tough to tell right now, but we are running out of days," Tomczyk said when asked about the possibility that Cruz can still play again this year. The 24-year-old is trying to return from surgery on his left foot, and he hasn't played since getting hurt on April 9. It's bad news for those that have held onto Cruz all year in redraft leagues, and it's now looking more likely that he won't play at all again in 2023. Alika Williams and Liover Peguero have been sharing playing time at shortstop of late in Pittsburgh.

    Aug 23 · Source via Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Starts Running Program

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (ankle) started a formal running program earlier this week, according to director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. Cruz is slowly improving from his surgically repaired ankle and has been throwing and doing light fielding work in the last few weeks as well. The 24-year-old should eventually go on a minor-league rehab assignment and is fully expected to play again for the Bucs in 2023. When healthy, Cruz will be the club's primary shortstop, and he has plenty of upside in all fantasy leagues. The 6-foot-7 Dominican infielder clubbed 17 home runs, drove in 54 and stole 10 bases in 87 games for Pittsburgh in his first real taste of the big leagues in 2022, showing his impressive power/speed combination.

    Aug 10 · Source via Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Expected To Return This Year

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    Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said on 93.7 The Fan on Sunday that "all signs point to shortstop Oneil Cruz (leg) playing major-league games in Pittsburgh this season." However, Cherington added that Cruz is more likely to return in September, not August, as originally expected. The 24-year-old is walking without a limp and is hitting soft toss. He's able to put full weight on his ankle and is playing catch out to 120 feet, although he hasn't started a formal running program. Cruz has been on the injured list since April 10 after fracturing his left fibula in a collision while running the bases. When he's back to full health, Cruz will return to starting duties at shortstop for the Pirates.

    Aug 7 · Source via Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Could Begin Rehab Assignment In August

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (ankle) continues to make progress and could start a minor-league rehab assignment in August, according to director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk. In other injury news for Pirates infielders, Tucupita Marcano (knee) will have season-ending surgery to fix a torn ACL that he suffered rounding third base on July 24 against the San Diego Padres. Also, Ji Hwan Bae (ankle) will have an extended rehab assignment so that he can play multiple positions. Cruz has been out since fracturing his left ankle on April 9, and there remains no specific timetable for the 24-year-old's return, although they expect him to return this year. The good news is he has already started to field groundballs and play catch up to 150 feet.

    Aug 2 · Source via Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Andrew McCutchen Hopes To Return On Sunday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates designated hitter Andrew McCutchen (elbow) anticipates returning to the lineup for Sunday's game versus the San Francisco Giants. The 36-year-old hit the injured list with right elbow inflammation retroactive to July 6, so he's potentially looking at the minimum stint. McCutchen's seemingly imminent return would provide a spark to Pittsburgh's banged-up lineup also without Ke'Bryan Hayes (back), Oneil Cruz (leg), and Ji Hwan Bae (ankle). McCutchen is slashing a rock-solid .268/.383/.425 with 10 home runs, 28 RBI, nine stolen bases, and 38 runs scored over 361 plate appearances this year.

    Jul 15 · Source via Pirates Andrew McCutchen Ji Hwan Bae Oneil Cruz Ke'Bryan Hayes
    2023 ATC$181365825278012925524744717329.7196.245.310.448.758.203
    2023 Steamer$171285825207912924524684915927.3197.248.317.452.769.204
    2023 THE BAT$201365825307913228422724516828.9234.249.311.442.753.193
    2023 Zeile$161285545017712324523694615828.5196.246.312.451.763.205

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

    Fielding Stats

    Apr 9vs CWSW 1-0132000000100.010.000.333.000.333.000
    Apr 8vs CWSL 5-111542100001240.010.250.400.250.650.000
    Apr 7vs CWSW 13-91532100012120.000.333.600.333.933.000
    Apr 5at BOSW 4-11441100000125.
    Apr 4at BOSW 4-11540000001120.
    Apr 3at BOSW 7-61550110000240.
    Apr 2at CINL 1-3144010000000.
    Apr 1at CINL 2-66440200010125.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Mar 30at CINW 5-4142210012200.000.500.7502.0002.7501.500


    Oct 5vs STLW 5-35431000001125.
    Oct 4vs STLL 7-81661300000116.700.500.500.5001.000.000
    Oct 3vs STLW 3-26430000011125.
    Oct 2at STLW 7-5154221000100.010.500.600.7501.350.250
    Sep 30at STLL 1-21530000002360.000.000.400.000.400.000
    Sep 28vs CINW 4-3155121002000.000.400.400.6001.000.200
    Sep 27vs CINW 4-1155121000000.010.400.400.6001.000.200
    Sep 26vs CINW 8-3155240000000.000.800.800.8001.600.000
    Sep 25vs CHCL 3-8344120000000.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Sep 23vs CHCL 5-6154100000100.
    Sep 22vs CHCL 2-31550000000120.
    Sep 21at NYYL 2-141420000001125.000.000.500.000.500.000
    Sep 20at NYYL 8-97521000003240.000.000.600.000.600.000
    Sep 18at NYML 3-71441210130250.000.500.5001.5002.0001.000
    Sep 17at NYML 1-514400000004100.
    Sep 16at NYML 3-41441100120125.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Sep 15at NYML 1-71440000000375.
    Sep 14at CINW 10-47551100120480.
    Sep 13at CINW 1-0440000000250.
    Sep 13at CINW 6-11540100001240.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Sep 11vs STLL 3-41440000010250.
    Sep 10vs STLL 5-7154120011100.000.500.6001.2501.850.750
    Sep 9vs STLW 8-21551311030240.000.600.6001.2001.800.600
    Sep 7vs NYML 0-10440100000250.
    Sep 7vs NYML 1-51440200000125.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Sep 6vs NYMW 8-2155231012000.000.600.6001.4002.000.800
    Sep 4vs TORL 3-41441100110250.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Sep 3vs TORL 1-41440201010125.000.500.5001.0001.500.500
    Sep 2vs TORL 0-41440000000125.
    Aug 31at MILL 1-61440000000250.
    Aug 30at MILW 4-21541210021240.000.500.600.7501.350.250
    Aug 29at MILL 5-71541100131120.000.250.4001.0001.400.750
    Aug 28at PHIW 5-01441101000125.
    Aug 27at PHIL 0-65440100000125.
    Aug 26at PHIL 4-78320000001133.300.000.333.000.333.000
    Aug 24vs ATLL 2-141440100000250.
    Aug 22vs ATLL 1-27331100110266.700.333.3331.3331.6661.000
    Aug 20vs CINL 1-106420000002250.000.000.500.000.500.000
    Aug 19vs CINW 5-46440100000250.
    Aug 18vs BOSW 8-26440100000250.
    Aug 16vs BOSL 3-56440000000250.
    Aug 14at SFL 7-86550000000480.
    Aug 13at SFL 0-24440000000250.
    Aug 12at SFL 3-56430110001125.000.333.500.6671.167.334
    Aug 11at ARIL 3-94421000002125.010.000.500.000.500.000
    Aug 9at ARIL 4-67440200000125.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Aug 8at ARIL 0-3733000000000.
    Aug 7at BALW 8-14440000000250.
    Aug 6at BALL 3-65441100120250.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Aug 5at BALL 0-15440000000375.
    Aug 4vs MILW 5-45540100001240.001.250.400.250.650.000
    Aug 3vs MILW 8-75442200120125.000.500.5001.2501.750.750
    Aug 2vs MILW 5-37431100131250.010.333.5001.3331.8331.000
    Jul 31vs PHIL 2-86441100000125.
    Jul 30vs PHIL 1-26a1100000001100.
    Jul 29vs PHIL 2-47440000000125.
    Jul 28vs PHIL 7-82540000011120.
    Jul 26at CHCL 2-4733110012000.000.333.3331.3331.6661.000
    Jul 25at CHCL 2-37440200010125.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Jul 24vs MIAL 5-67441100110250.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Jul 23vs MIAW 1-07440100000125.
    Jul 17at COLW 8-38551100010480.
    Jul 16at COLL 0-25440100000125.
    Jul 15at COLL 2-13544000000000.
    Jul 14at MIAL 2-38540100001360.002.250.400.250.650.000
    Jul 13at MIAL 4-55431000001125.
    Jul 12at MIAW 3-28331101010266.700.333.3331.0001.333.667
    Jul 10at MILW 8-68442200110125.000.500.5001.2501.750.750
    Jul 9at MILW 4-37431110011125.000.333.500.6671.167.334
    Jul 8at MILL 3-48440000000375.
    Jul 7at CINL 1-5440100000250.
    Jul 6vs NYYL 0-166330100000133.300.333.333.333.666.000
    Jul 5vs NYYW 5-2633100001000.
    Jul 3vs MILL 0-26440000000250.
    Jul 2vs MILW 7-47441100110125.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Jul 1vs MILL 2-196440110010250.
    Jun 30vs MILW 8-76441100120250.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Jun 29at WASW 8-76420000002125.001.000.500.000.500.000
    Jun 28at WASL 1-33440000000375.
    Jun 27at WASL 2-31441100110125.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Jun 26at TBL 2-48a11000000000.
    Jun 25at TBL 5-61550110000240.
    Jun 24at TBL 3-46440200000250.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Jun 23vs CHCW 8-77441110010250.
    Jun 22vs CHCL 5-14155100001000.
    Jun 21vs CHCW 7-1644010001000.
    Jun 20vs CHCW 12-16552210040120.000.400.400.6001.000.200
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