Winter Leagues: Oneil Cruz, Lewin Diaz, and Miguel Andujar See Action

Mondays are always slow in winter ball. Only four games were going on in all of the leagues this week. One day after mentioning 19 players in our daily winter article, we have just three players to cover today.

In case you missed it, here’s our weekly Winter League Report article, focused on right-handed pitcher Osvaldo Bido.

All of Monday’s action was in the Dominican.

Oneil Cruz played his third game this winter and his second game at shortstop. He went 1-for-4 with a single.

Cruz went 0-for-4 in his debut as the DH. He reached base all five times on Sunday, including a home run. After committing two errors on Sunday, he handled his only two chances on Monday without any problems.

Lewin Diaz played his fourth game of the winter. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, before his team cleared off the bench in a one-sided contest.

Diaz went 4-for-13 with two doubles and a walk in his first three games.

Miguel Andujar went 0-for-4 on Monday. He has a .324 average and a .900 OPS in nine games this winter.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Excellent photo, and now we know the reason he struggles – that glove has to be something he borrowed from a Little League player! Might just be the size of his hands, but that glove looks like a 10.25″ type of glove that some second basemen use. Hey Ben can the Pirates afford a custom made glove?


The broadcast teams discussed his glove during a few games this year. But he gets more throwing errors than errors with his glove it seems like.

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