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.
Like a lot of players who didn’t perform well in rookie ball, Cruz will present the Pirates with a difficult decision now that the short season leagues have been eliminated. He could return to the GCL in 2022.
|2022: 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.