Cristopher Cruz Works Through Adjustments During a Rocky First Season

Last week I looked at the top pitchers by age for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The group of 18-year-old pitchers provided a very interesting result, mostly because I limited the possibilities to people who actually played during the 2021 season. That eliminated 2021 draft picks Anthony Solometo, Bubba Chandler and Owen Kellington from consideration and left a group of young international players who either struggled or don't have the highest upside. My choice for that age ended up being Cristopher Cruz.

I decided to dig a little deeper into his season with some help from Victor Black, former Pirates prospect and current Minor League Pattern & Throwing Coordinator for the Pirates. Most of Black's work comes with the lower level players. While he hasn't been doing the brunt of the work wit...

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