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2022 Player Outlook

Cruz played just two games for the Pirates last year, but that should set the stage for a regular role in 2022. Before being called up, in 68 games between AA and AAA, Cruz hit 17 home runs, stole 19 bases, and accumulated 47 RBI and 62 runs scored. Cruz is one of Pittsburgh's top prospects for a reason, and even just two games last year should have been enough to entice fantasy owners for 2022. There are certainly going to be some growing pains for Cruz in his first full year at the big league level, but all of the tools are there for the young shortstop. Albeit a slender frame, standing at 6'7" is unheard of for a shortstop, and there's more power to tap into as he develops. At his ceiling, he'll hit .290 with 20+ home runs and stolen bases, but a more realistic projection in 2022 is a batting average around .275 with 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases.

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