12/10/2021 - Baseball Factory Academic All-American Tournament
Cruz only showed on the mound and has improved his baseball abilities at the Academic All-American showcase. On the mound, delivery is sound and repeatable allowing his arm action to work well to the plate. Arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 82 mph. He shows two-pitch mix with his fastball showing good arm side run / sink. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with late / sharp break and shows as a quality pitch that will get outs. Control is well above average as he attacks hitters and throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program.
06/21/2021 - All-In Membership - Frederick, MD
Cruz is a RHP/3B prospect who will graduate in 2024. Medium frame, with broad shoulders, athletic build with room to add strength throughout. At 3B, Cruz starts with active/efficient feet and ability to make routine plays during his workout. Creates good angles with ability to pick out hops and field out front. Low funnel, with a clean exchange, into a high 3/4 arm slot with an arm velocity up to 90mph. Accurate/on-line throws with good carry across diamond. On the mound, Cruz pitches exclusively from the stretch. Gets to a good balance point with ability to repeat his delivery. Good tempo to his delivery with a quick arm. FB sat 77-78mph with some arm side movement. Mixed in a breaking ball with 10/4 shape and some tilt to it. Throws his changeup with FB arm speed and some sinking action through the zone. FB was his best pitch during his bullpen. A right-handed hitter, he hits with an upright and open stance. Hits into a firm front side, with good bat angle, and intent in swing. Hit line drives into both gaps with a bat exit velocity of 78mph. With 3 years of continued growth and development, we see him having a bright future on the baseball field.