Pitcher’s full-time shortstop throw to first base 155.6km MLB No. 1
“Wow” is the most surprising word in the U.S. for players and objects. No other words, no words needed.
This is an exclamation from Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop O’Neill Cruz (23), who made his debut in the 2022 season against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on the 21st (Korea Standard Time). Until the 22nd after the game, MLB Network and ESPN were in the spotlight on Cruz’s offense and defense from the Dominican Republic. Los Angeles Dodgers fans and officials must have hit the ground.
Cruz played as shortstop for the sixth batter in a 12–1 win over the Cubs. He was active with two hits in five at-bats, four RBIs and two runs scored. He is very tall as a shortstop. It’s 201cm. Ruben Amaro Jr., a former GM member of the Philadelphia Phillies, analyzed, “Even though he is a big shortstop, he is very flexible when he neatly handles the backhand defense that needs to be low in posture.”
What surprised everyone by Cruise’s play is his throw, the speed of the exit of the ball, and the base run that overruns to third base and then gets out. He showed all the offense and defense in one game.
When dealing with a grounder to shortstop in the third inning, the first base throw speed was measured to be 155.6km (96.7 miles) in “Statcast.” Among the fielders in the Major League this year, he recorded the highest pitch speed among players except pitchers. The speed of the hit’s exit was 182 kilometers (112.9 miles). For your information, the average ball speed of San Diego Padres Kim Ha-sung is less than 161 kilometers (100 miles). At-bat, the base run was also the fastest among Pittsburgh hitters this season.
Former San Diego Padres Cy Young pitcher Jake Phoebe, who made his MLB NOW debut on the panel on the 22nd, even pointed out that the promotion to the big leagues was too late, saying, “I don’t understand why Pittsburgh had Cruz in Triple A so far.”
In fact, Cruise made his MLB debut on October 3, 2021 when he expanded his entry. However, after allowing the club to play two games, the team gained experience at Triple-A Indianapolis this year and promoted it on the same day. Pittsburgh is currently in the lower half of the National League’s central district, but there are a large number of promising rookies such as Jack Serwinski (23), who hit three home runs in a game, and outfielder Bly Madris (26), who made his debut with the cruise. The rebuilding is almost completed, and the 2023 season is expected.
Cruise was originally a Dodgers player. In July 2015, the Dodgers signed 16-year-old Cruz as an amateur free agent and fostered him at the Dominican Republic Academy. However, on July 31, 2017, the Dodgers recruited left-hander Tony Watson to reinforce the bullpen, giving Cruise and bullpen’s Angel Herman to Pittsburgh. Herman was never promoted to the big leagues and quit baseball with Pittsburgh Double A in 2019. In the end, the Dodgers traded the bullpen’s Watson for the promising Cruz 토토사이트
Five years later, Cruise was already considered the next All-Star class for Pittsburgh’s secret weapon.