The regular season in the Dominican wrapped up on Thursday night and Oneil Cruz made his winter debut. Cruz was the main piece acquired in the Tony Watson trade. He only has Low-A experience and he just turned 19 in October, so it's no surprised that he couldn't break into the lineup of one of the best teams in the Dominican, where the level of play is what you would see in Triple-A. Cruz was added to the roster on Tuesday after Starling Marte was shut down for the winter. He pinch-hit for the DH in the ninth and grounded out in his only at-bat.
The Dominican playoffs start next week and Cruz will at least be eligible to play, though it seems unlikely he gets into any games. Teams that make the playoffs in the Dominican, can draft players from the teams that didn't make the playoffs, wh...
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