By Jason Shetler
Infielder Oneil Cruz and pitcher Angel German will be joining the West Virginia Power, this according to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects.
The Pirates acquired both Cruz and German from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Tony Watson deal during Monday’s trade deadline. Minor league players are given 72 hours to report to a certain affiliate, or in this case, an affiliate of another organization.
Cruz joined the Dodgers after signing with them out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. He began this season playing for their Low A club Great Lakes as an 18-year-old, which is a very young age for the level. In 89 games for them, he posted a .635 OPS. Cruz is now the 16th best prospect in the Pirates system according to MLB Pipeline, this after being ranked 21st with the Dodgers prior to the trade.
German signed with the Dodgers in 2013, also out of the Dominican Republic. The 21-year-old righty had struggled his first few seasons of pro ball, but has really turned it around this year, posting an ERA of 1.91, a 1.09 WHIP, a 10.1 K/9 and holding opposing batters to a .190 average in 21 relief appearances for Great Lakes.