Daily Video Rundown: Liover Peguero, Nick Gonzales, Oneil Cruz

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Liover Peguero

There is no doubting that once all of the Double-A Opening Day rosters are looked at and analyzed, Liover Peguero is going to be one of the youngest at the level. According to Baseball Reference, he was nearly three years younger than his piers at High-A in 2021.

So making the big jump to Altoona at such a young age, you could understand if he went through somewhat of an adjustment period to begin the season.

After hitting a home run on Opening Day, Peguero kept on hitting in game two, recording two more hits and notching four RBIs. He furthered the Curve’s lead in the third inning with a two-run single, making the score 4-0.

He wasn’t done, in the seventh inning, he stretched the lead to 8-1 with a two-run double. Peguero has three hits in seven at-bats in two games, while driving in six runs in the process.

Nick Gonzales

Peguero’s double play partner dating back to last season is no stranger to making big hits. The duo also do all the little things right that sets them up for success.

When Nick Gonzales is up to the plate, he’s always looking to put his quick hands to use, and Saturday night he used them to hit his first home run at the Double-A level.

It was a solo shot that extended the lead to 5-1 in favor of the Curve. He also drew a walk earlier in the game to open up the scoring.

Oneil Cruz

It’s so rare to find someone who can hit the ball as consistent as Oneil Cruz does. It’s even rarer to find someone who can make it look this effortless.

Lefty vs lefty and Cruz just casually hits this 116 mph off the bat for a double.

Bligh Madris

Madris did everything right in Spring Training in an effort to make the big league team, but was still sent back to the minors. He immediately got right to work in his first Triple-A game on Saturday, hitting an RBI double the first time he came up to bat.

Bonus: Diego Castillo

It happened with the big league club, but Diego Castillo is still ranked as the 16th best prospect in the system here on Pirates Prospects so he gets a special shoutout for recording his first big league hit.

Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the teamโ€™s four full season minor league affiliates.

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