VIDEO: Pirates Rookie Oneil Cruz Has MLB Fans Salivating After His Unreal Throw

VIDEO: Pirates SS Oneil Cruz Has MLB Fans Buzzing After Unreal Throw

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  • The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted young shortstop Oneil Cruz.
  • Cruz made his debut on Monday night against the Chicago Cubs. 
  • He clocked the fastest tracked throw by an infielder this season…at 96.7 MPH.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have not been an exciting baseball team to watch. They came into Monday’s game with a 26-39 record, but excitement was on the way after they called up young shortstop Oneil Cruz.

Cruz got the start against the Chicago Cubs, and it didn’t take him long to make headlines. In the third inning, Cruz threw out catcher Willson Contreras on an absolute rocket of a throw — it was clocked at an absurd 96.7 MPH.

That’s right, Cruz rocketed this ball and nobody could believe it.

This Throw By Oneil Cruz Has Everybody Buzzing

Rightfully so, the throw by Cruz had everybody talking about the Pirates’ star shortstop.

Cruz ended up adding a bases-clearing double in the bottom half of the inning, and Pirates fans are loving every second of this debut from the 6-foot-7 shortstop.

It has been a tough year for Pittsburgh, but so far, through one-third of a game, Cruz has fans buzzing with excitement.

Keep in mind that this is the first game of the year for Cruz, and both of these events took place in just the third inning. The Oneil Cruz watch will be on for quite some time, and the Pirates might turn into must-watch television just because of this talented shortstop.