CRISTOPHER CRUZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: January 6, 2003
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Cruz got the largest bonus of the Pirates’ July 2 signings, although Po-Yu Chen later got a larger one. Cruz throws four- and two-seam fastballs and has reached 94 mph. He also throws a slider, curve and change, and has a good feel for pitching, as well as good projection.
After the 2020 season was wiped out, the Pirates brought Cruz to the FCL for his debut. It didn’t go well, as Cruz struggled to throw strikes. Other than control problems, he held his own in July and August, but he got bombed in two September starts.
The Pirates sent Cruz back to the FCL and he had almost exactly the same season as 2021. Literally. Exact same IP, WHIP and strikeouts. Three fewer walks but three more hits.
At this point, Cruz’ signing bonus is not looking like money well spent. He’s eligible for the Rule 5 draft after another year and doesn’t look at all ready for full season ball.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $850,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.