In MLB, big guys tend to hit the ball hard.
Listed at 6-foot-7, he is one of the tallest players in the game.
Judge, for example, is also listed at 6-foot-7, and even he looks small when he is next to Cruz.
There is a picture that proves it.
“Oneil Cruz has passed the ultimate test of being a large baseball player. He still looks big next to Aaron Judge,” Talkin’ Baseball tweeted.
Oneil Cruz has passed the ultimate test of being a large baseball player. He still looks big next to Aaron Judge
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) July 7, 2022
It’s a picture of last night’s game between the Yankees and Pirates.
Height Doesn’t Guarantee Success
Of course, it should be said that height doesn’t necessarily mean the hitter will automatically be good.
It strongly correlates with raw power, which Cruz has plenty of, but it doesn’t mean he will be a great, consistent hitter just because he is tall.
To the contrary, Judge has had to deal with questionable called strikes in the low part of the zone because umpires fail to adjust to his own strike zone.
Cruz is not having a particularly good time at the moment in the major leagues.
Yes, he has shown his raw tools time and time again, but when it comes to producing at the plate, he hasn’t been doing that consistently.
He is, after Wednesday game, slashing .200/.222/.417 with three home runs and an ugly 31.7 percent strikeout rate.
He is talented enough to improve considerably, but right now, his height isn’t bringing him much MLB success.
Pittsburgh, and fans, need to be patient with him.
He has star potential.