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Prospect Report: Oneil Cruz Makes An Impressive Return



Oneil Cruz, SS, Pirates: What Cruz did in his return to the majors was pretty remarkable. In his first game, he showed the tools that make him one of the most unique big leaguers of all time. The tallest shortstop (6-foot-7) to ever start an MLB game, Cruz ripped off the hardest throw an MLB infielder has made this year (96.6 mph) on a groundout. He also had a 112.9 mph exit velocity on a double. That's not an exceptional exit velocity, as it only put him in 57th among players for their max exit velocity in 2022. And Cruz himself has shown consistently that he can hit a ball harder than that. But it was the hardest hit ball by a Pirates big leaguer this season. He also had multiple runs where he recorded a sprint speed above 30 feet per second, showing he has plus speed.

Michael Harris, OF, Braves: When doing reporting for our offseason Braves Top 30 Prospects list, our Carlos Collazo had sources who told him that Harris may be as good defensively in center field as Cristian Pache. That seemed like a bold claim at the time, as for all his offensive concerns Pache was considered the best defensive outfielder in the minors at the time. To Harris' credit, after 22 big league games, he's showing that it's a question that has no clear cut answer. While defensive metrics are less consistent than offensive metrics, Pache has six outs above average in center field, which is second best in the majors behind Jose Siri. Harris already is four outs above average in very limited action. That ranks him eighth in the majors. Like Pache, Harris is showing a plus-plus arm and they have shown similar speed as well. What's even clearer is Harris is a much better hitter than Pache. He hit his fourth triple in the majors last night and now is hitting .346/.369/.580.

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIMAJ#3Alek Thomas, OF3010.2772B (15), BB (24), SB (7),
ARIMAJ#4Geraldo Perdomo, SS4000.210
ARIMAJ#33Buddy Kennedy, 3B4000.290
ATLMAJ#1Michael Harris, OF3030.3183B (4),
BOSMAJ#4Jarren Duran, OF3220.3012B (14), BB (23), 2 SB (13),
CHCMAJ#15Nelson Velazquez, OF1010.248
CHCMAJ#26Alfonso Rivas, 1B4110.240
CHCMAJ#29Christopher Morel, OF5010.280
CWSMAJ#7Jake Burger, 3B3110.247BB (19), E (8),
DETMAJ#1Riley Greene, OF3110.289BB (12), E (1),
DETMAJ#2Spencer Torkelson, 1B3121.198
KCMAJ#1Bobby Witt, SS5000.236
KCMAJ#3M.J. Melendez, C3000.219BB (34),
KCMAJ#6Kyle Isbel, OF4000.229
LAAMAJ#35David MacKinnon, 1B1000.322
MIAMAJ#17Luke Williams, 2B4010.289
MIAMAJ#24Jerar Encarnacion, OF4000.306
PITMAJ#1Oneil Cruz, SS5224.2362B (8),
PITMAJ#24Jack Suwinski, OF4210.2612B (14), BB (18),
PITMAJ#32Cal Mitchell, OF1000.268
SDMAJ#1CJ Abrams, SS3000.273
SEAR#31Luis Bolivar, OF4210.214
STLMAJ#2Nolan Gorman, 3B3000.284
STLMAJ#6Lars Nootbaar, OF1000.184
STLMAJ#9Juan Yepez, 1B3020.2822B (12),
STLMAJ#13Brendan Donovan, 2B4010.309
STLR#33Carlos Carmona, OF3000.000
TBMAJ#2Josh Lowe, OF3000.260BB (25),
TBMAJ#3Vidal Brujan, 2B3000.214BB (17),
TBMAJ#22Rene Pinto, C2000.247
TORMAJ#1Gabriel Moreno, C4110.333

Dodgers

Prospect Report: Dodgers' Stone Hammers Hitters

Gavin Stone had yet another excellent outing and Hunter Goodman is a Low-A name to watch.

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
BOSMAJ#9Josh Winckowski, RHP6.2722123.47W (4-3)
CHCMAJ#7Caleb Kilian, RHP2.1375534.17L (2-2)
DETMAJ#20Alex Faedo, RHP4.1854223.90L (3-5)
KCMAJ#19Dylan Coleman, RHP1.0000014.50
SFMAJ#12Camilo Doval, RHP0.2211112.70L (2-3)
TBMAJ#24Calvin Faucher, RHP1.0000116.21
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