Pittsburgh Pirates: Top Five Cards in MLB The Show

Jun 28, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (15) reacts after striking out during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (15) reacts after striking out during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 13: Oneil Cruz #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up prior to the start of the bottom of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 13, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 13: Oneil Cruz #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up prior to the start of the bottom of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 13, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Number Two – 99 Overall Future Stars Oneil Cruz

Oneil Cruz’s Future Stars series card is insane. Future stars cards project players’ attributes of what they could be in 3 or so years from now. This is one of the newest cards in the game, having gotten it in the most recent Field Of Dreams program. Between his attributes at the plate, his fielding, and obtainability, he’s one of the best shortstops you can get in Diamond Dynasty.

Cruz has massive power, of course. He clocks in with 115 power vs RHP and 112 power vs LHP. His contact isn’t quite as good at 98 vs RHP/93 vs LHP, but it’s still more than playable. The big thing is you get a gold fielding badge at shortstop. He has the 83 fielding with 99 arm strength, so he’ll make the deep throws at short. However, he also has 99 speed, so pretty much anything in his zip code will be fielded.

The only issue is that he will become more difficult to use once players start getting to higher difficulties. He only has 69 vision and good, but not great contact numbers. That means a lot smaller of a PCI once you reach World Series and Hall of Fame difficulties.

Still, the power, the fielding, and the speed make this arguably the best shortstop card in the game right now. Cruz’s future stars card can be obtained for free and just by playing the game and doing missions. He also has the secondary position of third base, so if you already have a top tier shortstop like other future stars like Anthony Volpe and Nolevi Marte, or All-star series Dansby Swanson at shortstop, you can put him at the hot corner. Though he does only have a silver fielding badge until you get to parallel two.

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