The Bradenton Marauders placed shortstop Oneil Cruz on the 7-day injured list with a right foot fracture. He was injured yesterday while completing a 6-3 double play, as the runner from first base slid in hard to break up the play.
Cruz was off to a slow start and missed time two weeks ago with what the Pirates said was lower body discomfort. Through 11 games, he has a .238/.304/.333 slash line, with four stolen bases in four attempts, and two errors at shortstop. He is the fourth best prospect in the system.
No word on how long he will be out, but if we get an update today, we will add it here.
There was a bit of good news for Bradenton today. Deon Stafford will make his 2019 debut, catching Max Kranick tonight. Stafford suffered an oblique injury during Spring Training.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.