Chicago Cubs: Sinking and sliding his way to the Show
Per his scouting report from MLB.com, Cruz has three pitches in his repertoire which could help him transition seamlessly to the Show. His most reliable pitch is his sinker, which sits between 90-93 MPH but has hit 95 and is a big reason for his above-average ground ball rate.
Cruz also possesses a slider which he has shown flashes of brilliance with as well as a developing changeup and can be used as a change of pace, especially for left-handed hitters. The Cubs do not currently have a starter outside of Cole Hamels with a strong ability to keep the ball on the ground consistently, and so if Cruz can continue to develop his sinker, he could be that guy in a couple of seasons.
One of the smoothest parts of Cruz’ game is his delivery to the plate. For a 19-year-old, it seems flawless as he does not try to overextend himself in any way. He does a good job in holding the ball close to his body and as someone with such a lean frame does not look awkward in his movement to the plate.