How did he get here?: Signed contract prior to 2008 season
Stats: 5'9", 170 lbs, Throws: Left
Age as of April 1, 2010: 19
Bummer is that he's now playing winter ball, and his splits have moved to the winter league, so we don't have the detailed splits from 2009.
2009 K/9 Rate: 6.8
2008 K/9 Rate: 7.2
2009 BB/9 Rate: 3.6
2008 BB/9 Rate: 2.7
2009 Groundout/Flyout Rate: 0.89
2009 K:BB Ratio: 1.86
2008 K:BB Ratio: 2.71
Cruz is coming off shoulder surgery, and as a result, had a rough year after what was an impressive rookie 2008 season (no runs in five of his seven starts in 2008). It wasn't just his second year in the organization - both in Greeneville - but he saw his ERA jump from 2.28 to 6.75. And his Home Runs Allowed from 2 to 10. That said, his IPs went north from 23.2 to 54.2, starting 12 of his 10 games. He had an upside-down GB/FB rate (contributing to 10HR in 54.2IP), and was 1-4 for the year. Cruz also had 5HBPs and 8WPs, lending more credence to the control-problem issue.
Citizen Steve, what say you of Luis Cruz?
Still working his way back from shoulder injury last year. He had some great starts, and some where he got shelled.