CHARLESTON, WV - On Friday night after the West Virginia Power game, I was wrapping up an interview with hitting coach Ryan Long. We had discussed Adrian Valerio and Yoel Gonzalez, two players I had seen in the previous two games. At the end of the interview, he was surprised.

"You're not going to ask about Cruz?!" Long asked.

I told him I was going to wait until I saw Cruz play. Long then started telling me about how Cruz had been taking batting practice the last two days, and had some serious raw power. He said Cruz might have some of the best raw power in the entire organization, and more than most of the guys in the majors.

A few others in earshot joined in on the discussion, noting that Cruz had hit a home run off a building across the street in right field, and was hitting l...

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