Born: January 28, 1973|
|July 18, 1996 for the San Francisco Giants|
Last MLB appearance
|October 2, 2005 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||105|
Jacob Antonio Cruz (born January 28, 1973 in Oxnard, California), is the Hitting Coach for the Visalia Rawhide, a Class A minor league baseball teams of the Arizona Diamondback. Cruz, who is of Mexican American descent, played outfield in Major League Baseball from 1996-2005. He batted and threw left-handed.
Cruz was drafted straight out of high school in
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Major League Baseball
Cruz would make his Major League debut on July 18, 1996. Cruz spent most of 1996 and
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On December 21, 2001, Cruz signed with the Detroit Tigers. Cruz played 35 games for the Tigers and was released on October 3, 2002. On December 27, 2002, Cruz signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He would spend the next three years in the Reds organization, including appearing in a career-high 110 games in 2005. Released by the Reds on April 14,
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Before the start of the
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On December 13, 2010, the Arizona Diamondbacks hired Cruz to be the Hitting Coach of the Yakima Bears, the Diamondbacks Short Season Class A team. On November 22, 2011 Cruz was promoted to Hitting Coach of the Visalia Rawhide, the Diamondbacks Advanced Class A team.
- Riley, Jeff, Los Angeles Times, "Establishing Cruz Control Baseball: Rated one of the top outfielders in the nation, Channel Islands senior begins to meet his own lofty expectations." (Apr 24, 1991, Sports Section- Part C, Page 11); "Jacob Cruz, Sr. has been instrumental in his son's success He emigrated from Durango Mexico in 1964.."
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- D-backs announce Minor League coaching staffs Dbacks.com 12.13.10
- Hardtke to Return as Rawhide Manager in 2012 Minorleaguebaseball.com 11.22.11
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Career statistics and player information from Korea Baseball Organization
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