Oneil Cruz

SS · Pittsburgh Pirates

Bats L Throws R
Height 6'6" Weight 175
DOB 1998-10-04 Age 25.5
Hometown Nizao, Dominican Republic
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 3.14, 44th

Season Projections

SourceFPtsGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSO%SBCSAVGOBPSLGOPSISO
ATC485.21345745138212724424735215727.4226.247.318.450.768.203
Draft Buddy511.01416055408613325525775516627.4236.246.318.450.768.204
Steamer520.81366235488913826426726016025.7228.251.328.458.786.207
THE BAT488.71335735157912727324735116428.6265.246.317.449.766.203
Zeile494.01365895268213024424745416227.5237.247.319.445.764.198

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. 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 Slides Into Eight-Hole Saturday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz has been slipped down to the eight-hole for Saturday's contest against the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Kutter Crawford. The 25-year-old has hit out of the seven spot on occasion this season, but the eight-hole is the lowest spot in the order he has started at so far while he has largely served as the team's leadoff hitter. However, he's off to a sluggish start at the plate, hitting .222 with three homers, one stolen base, and a .605 OPS across his first 85 trips to the plate on the young season. Even with a massive 40% strikeout rate against only a 4.7% walk rate, fantasy managers should continue to exercise patience, as Cruz ranks in the 88th percentile in average exit velocity and the 89th percentile in hard-hit rate to this point in the season.

    Apr 20 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Resting Against Mets

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz is getting the day off on Tuesday against the New York Mets. In his absence, Alika Williams will get the nod at shortstop and will hit in the nine-hole against Mets veteran left-hander Jose Quintana. Cruz will get a little breather against the left-handed hurler after going hitless in his last nine at-bats with seven strikeouts in the last two contests. The 25-year-old Dominican is now hitting .232 (16-for-69) on the year with three home runs, six RBI, one steal and eight runs scored in his first 17 games of 2024. Williams, 25, lacks power and will be a low-upside deep sleeper pick for DFS lineups on Tuesday night. He's hit just .212 (25-for-118) with no homers and eight RBI in 51 MLB games to date going back to last season.

    Apr 16 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Sitting Out Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz is getting a breather on Tuesday as the team takes on the visiting Detroit Tigers. With Cruz starting on the bench, Alika Williams will man shortstop for the Bucs and bat ninth in the order against Tigers right-hander Casey Mize, with infielder Jared Triolo in the leadoff spot. This will be the 25-year-old Cruz's second day off of the 2024 season. Cruz is a must-start fantasy asset anytime he's in the lineup, and he's off to a good start this year after missing most of last year due to an ankle injury. In his first 11 games, Cruz is batting .304 (14-for-46) with two home runs, a double, four RBI, a stolen base and seven runs scored in 49 plate appearances. Triolo will be worth a look as a low-cost DFS sleeper in the leadoff spot with Cruz out on Tuesday.

    Apr 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Stays Hot With Long Ball

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz launched his second home run of the season in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, adding two singles in the defeat. Cruz's long ball was a 395-foot missile to deep right center to get Pittsburgh on the board in the fifth inning. Now slashing .344/.382/.531 with two homers and three RBI over 32 at-bats this year, the towering 25-year-old infielder continues to flash the intrigue that makes him such an exciting fantasy prospect. Cruz slashed .261/.333/.739 with seven big flies and 14 RBI during 46 spring training ABs, and that momentum appears to be carrying over into the regular season. The lefty-hitting Cruz gets two more right-handers on Saturday and Sunday in this series with the O's, hitting a stratospheric .429 (9-for-21) and with both of his bombs coming against righties this season.

    Apr 6 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Hitting Near Bottom Of The Lineup Again

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz is starting at shortstop and is hitting seventh in the batting order on Monday against the Washington Nationals and left-hander MacKenzie Gore. Cruz got a day off on Sunday and hasn't hit higher than sixth in the team's batting order so far in 2024, which isn't what fantasy managers want to see. In the early going, Cruz has gone 5-for-16 with a home run and two RBI. While he remains one of the most impressive young shortstops in the game, his fantasy value will be limited by a lack of RBI opportunities if he continues to hit near the bottom of Pittsburgh's batting order all year long. Now that he's back in the lineup for the start of the series against Washington, fantasy managers in single-year leagues need to get him back in their lineups.

    Apr 1 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz, Henry Davis Sitting For Pirates

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz and catcher/outfielder Henry Davis will start on the bench for Sunday's series finale versus the Miami Marlins. Alika Williams is playing the 6 and batting eighth, while Jason Delay will do the catching for Pittsburgh while hitting in the nine-hole. Neither Williams nor Delay will be particularly attractive DFS sleepers on Sunday against Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers. Cruz went 5-for-14 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in the first three games of the season before getting his first day off. The 25-year-old missed most of last year due to a fractured ankle but is one of the bright young ascending talents in the game at the shortstop position. Davis started behind the dish for the Bucs for each of their first three games, going 2-for-12 with a run scored and three walks.

    Mar 31 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz Henry Davis
  • Offseason In Review: Pittsburgh Pirates

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    The Pirates’ ongoing rebuild showed some encouraging signs last year but it didn’t prompt the front office to go out and win the offseason. They made some modest additions as their focus remains clearly on the future, but did sign another core member of their club to a sizable extension. Major League Signings LHP Aroldis…

    Mar 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Offseason Pittsburgh Pirates Chase Anderson Gilberto Celestino Bubba Chandler Aroldis Chapman Oneil Cruz Henry Davis Josh Fleming Marco Gonzales Yasmani Grandal Ben Heller Brent Honeywell Termarr Johnson Jared Jones Mitch Keller Jake Lamb Eric Lauer Andrew McCutchen Billy McKinney Edward Olivares Johan Oviedo Wily Peralta Michael Plassmeyer Quinn Priester Bryan Reynolds Ryder Ryan Connor Sadzeck Paul Skenes Canaan Smith-Njigba Jack Suwinski Michael A. Taylor Rowdy Tellez Jared Triolo
  • Oneil Cruz Blasts Two Homers

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz continued his impressive power display during Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 3-for-6 with two home runs and six RBI during Monday's blowout victory. Cruz is now tied for the spring lead with seven home runs already. Fantasy managers who were lucky enough to draft him before the hype train should be excited. Now, fantasy managers will have to pay the price to get Cruz, but he looks like he's the real deal. It feels like a 30-HR and 30-SB season could be a real possibility for him.

    Mar 18 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Blasts Fifth Homer

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz continued his power display during Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The young slugger belted his fifth home run of the spring during Wednesday's blowout loss. This spring, Cruz is hitting .292 with five dingers and eight RBI in 24 at-bats. The Pirates could have a breakout star on their hands if Cruz can stay healthy in 2024. This hot start to camp is certainly going to raise his status on draft boards.

    Mar 13 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Enjoys Massive Day Sunday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz had a big day at the plate on Sunday in a Grapefruit League game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 25-year-old went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI, continuing what has been a big spring for the young infielder. Cruz is now hitting .278 with three homers, one stolen base, and a 1.187 OPS across 22 plate appearances this spring. Limited to just nine games last season due a broken ankle suffered in just his ninth game of the season in 2023, Cruz has hit .237 with 19 home runs, 13 stolen bases, and a .751 OPS across his first 410 plate appearances in the big leagues. He owns an appetizing combination of power and speed that fantasy managers should covet in drafts this spring.

    Mar 10 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Oneil Cruz Making Spring Debut Sunday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (ankle) is making his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles and is batting leadoff and playing shortstop. It's great to see Cruz playing in games again after he fractured his left ankle early last season. The 25-year-old's injury required season-ending surgery in 2023. Cruz is fully healthy now, though, and will be Pittsburgh's starting shortstop. His size (6-foot-7, 215 pounds) is unorthodox for a shortstop, but the left-handed-hitting Dominican has a lot of upside at a premium position if he can stay healthy for a full season. In his three years in the big leagues over 98 games (410 plate appearances), Cruz has hit .237/.302/.449 with 19 home runs, 61 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He should easily be a top-10 fantasy shortstop at the end of the year if he can avoid another injury.

    Feb 25 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz
  • Hitting Stats

    SeasonTeamFPtsGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSO%SBCSAVGOBPSLGOPSISO
    2021PIT11.02992300130444.400.333.333.6671.000.334
    2022PIT297.087360331457713417542812635.0104.233.294.450.744.217
    2023PIT36.0939327810147820.530.250.385.375.760.125
    2024PIT58.0239690821203863738.521.233.281.356.637.123
    2024 ATC485.21345745138212724424735215727.4226.247.318.450.768.203
    2024 Draft Buddy511.01416055408613325525775516627.4236.246.318.450.768.204
    2024 Steamer520.81366235488913826426726016025.7228.251.328.458.786.207
    2024 THE BAT488.71335735157912727324735116428.6265.246.317.449.766.203
    2024 Zeile494.01365895268213024424745416227.5237.247.319.445.764.198

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

    Fielding Stats

    SeasonTeamSSLFOFDH
    2021PIT2000
    2022PIT79118
    2023PIT9000
    2024PIT22000

    2024

    WeekOppFPtsGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSO%SBCSAVGOBPSLGOPSISO
    5vs MIL6.0144031002000.001.750.7501.0001.750.250
    4vs BOS, at NYM7.06242102000031145.810.095.208.095.303.000
    3at PHI, vs DET9.06242312001211145.800.087.125.217.342.130
    2vs BAL, at WAS20.0628283910120932.110.321.321.464.785.143
    1at MIA16.0416144500122637.500.357.438.5711.009.214

    2023

    WeekOppFPtsGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSO%SBCSAVGOBPSLGOPSISO
    2vs CWS, at BOS22.0627225410015729.130.260.327.360.687.100
    1at CIN14.0312102400132125.000.375.464.6251.089.250

    2024

    DateOppResultFPtsOrdPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSO%SBCSAVGOBPSLGOPSISO
    Apr 22vs MILW 4-26.0744031002000.001.750.7501.0001.750.250
    Apr 21vs BOSL 1-61.08320000001133.300.000.333.000.333.000
    Apr 20vs BOSL 2-43.08430000001250.010.000.250.000.250.000
    Apr 19vs BOSL 1-80.01440000000250.000.000.000.000.000.000
    Apr 17at NYML 1-92.01440200000125.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Apr 16at NYML 1-30.07440000000250.000.000.000.000.000.000
    Apr 15at NYML 3-61.01540000001360.000.000.200.000.200.000
    Apr 14at PHIW 9-20.01550000000480.000.000.000.000.000.000
    Apr 13at PHIL 3-47.01441100120125.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Apr 12at PHIW 5-20.06550000000240.000.000.000.000.000.000
    Apr 11at PHIL 1-51.07440100000250.000.250.250.250.500.000
    Apr 9vs DETL 3-50.09a11000000000.000.000.000.000.000.000
    Apr 8vs DETW 7-41.01540000001240.000.000.200.000.200.000
    Apr 7vs BALW 3-22.01440110000125.000.250.250.500.750.250
    Apr 6vs BALW 5-45.01660200010116.710.333.333.333.666.000
    Apr 5vs BALL 2-58.01441300110125.000.750.7501.5002.250.750
    Apr 4at WASW 7-43.01551200000120.000.400.400.400.800.000
    Apr 3at WASL 3-50.01440000000250.000.000.000.000.000.000
    Apr 1at WASW 8-42.07551100000360.000.200.200.200.400.000
    Mar 31at MIAW 9-71.07a001000000000
    Mar 30at MIAW 9-35.0654220000100.000.500.600.5001.100.000
    Mar 29at MIAW 7-23.07550200010360.000.400.400.400.800.000
    Mar 28at MIAW 6-57.06651100111350.000.200.333.8001.133.600

    2023

    DateOppResultFPtsOrdPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSO%SBCSAVGOBPSLGOPSISO
    Apr 9vs CWSW 1-03.0132000000100.010.000.333.000.333.000
    Apr 8vs CWSL 5-116.01542100001240.010.250.400.250.650.000
    Apr 7vs CWSW 13-96.01532100012120.000.333.600.333.933.000
    Apr 5at BOSW 4-12.01441100000125.000.250.250.250.500.000
    Apr 4at BOSW 4-13.01540000001120.010.000.200.000.200.000
    Apr 3at BOSW 7-62.01550110000240.000.200.200.400.600.200
    Apr 2at CINL 1-31.0144010000000.000.250.250.250.500.000
    Apr 1at CINL 2-63.06440200010125.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Mar 30at CINW 5-410.0142210012200.000.500.7502.0002.7501.500
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