Daily Video Rundown: Oneil Cruz, Mike Jarvis, Kyle Nicolas

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Oneil Cruz

We all know what Oneil Cruz is capable of. That isn’t the question. What we are all wondering is when he is going to snap out of this slump he has been sitting through the entire season. Part of getting there is going to be better pitch selection.

At this point, a better approach would probably go a lot further than any mammoth home run he can hit, and we have all heard the stories and seen it with our own eyes.

He put forth a good start, but a game here and there isn’t going to cut it, as he is going to have to show the ability to lay off the pitches below the strike zone with a lot more consistency before he gets called up to the majors.

This was a good start, and he had a couple of plate appearances like this as well on Thursday.

Mike Jarvis

There seems to be quite a few players on the Bradenton roster that haven’t quite gotten the amount of hits they would have liked, but when do make contact, they really put a charge into it.

Mike Jarvis was the team’s sixth round pick in 2021 out of San Diego State, and he has 10 hits now on the season, half of which have gone for extra bases.

He hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning, scoring the Marauders second and third runs of a game they eventually lost 10-4.

Kyle Nicolas

Ever since getting blown up on August 23 against New Hampshire, Kyle Nicolas has put together a couple of solid outings. Collectively in his two starts since, Nicolas has allowed just five hits, one walk, and one run, while striking out 12 in 10 innings pitched.

He struck out six over five innings on Thursday against Erie, a game the Curve ended up losing.

Lolo Sanchez

The power hasn’t translated from Greensboro to Altoona in terms of home runs, but Lolo Sanchez is showing an overall better approach at the plate, while still hitting for some pop (.443 slugging percentage). Sanchez is batting over .300 and has an on-base percentage of .440. He’s also walked (11) more than he has struck out (9).

Thursday he flashed a little bit of that power with this double.

Cal Mitchell

Cal Mitchell left last Friday’s game after getting hit by a pitch, finally making his return to the lineup on Wednesday. So far it doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat, collecting a hit in both games since returning, including this double on Thursday.

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