BRADENTON, Fla. - Cal Ripken was one of the tallest shortstops in baseball for the longest time. At 6' 4", he didn't have the typical build for the shortstop position, which is a position that typically ranges on the shorter side.
According to a study done last year by Sports on Earth, the average shortstop height is going up, passing a 6' 1" average for the first time last year. That included two players who are 6' 4" -- Corey Seager and Carlos Correa -- among a large group of players who are 6' 3".
The shortstop position is growing. But what the Pirates are trying with Oneil Cruz in the minors right now is even pushing that trend to an extreme.
The 19-year-old Cruz was acquired last year by the Pirates in the Tony Watson trade. He was playing third base, after originally being l...
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