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Tony Cruz | Catcher | #7

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Palm Beach (FL) JC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 26 (0) / STL
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Royals optioned C Tony Cruz to Triple-A Omaha.
Cruz was only in the majors for nine days and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts during his stay. Drew Butera will continue backing up starting catcher Salvador Perez. Jun 8 - 2:41 PM

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Royals recalled C Tony Cruz from Triple-A Omaha.

He's not replacing Salvador Perez (quad) on the roster, which is a good sign for the All-Star. Cruz will serve as a third catcher with Perez likely unavailable for a bit.
May 29 - 11:33 AM

Royals optioned C Tony Cruz to Triple-A Omaha.

Cruz was beaten out for the backup catcher's job by Drew Butera, though with the amount of time that Salvador Perez serves behind the dish the backup isn't called upon very often. Cruz will serve as organizational catching depth at Triple-A.
Apr 1 - 6:48 PM

Royals and C Tony Cruz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $975,000 contract.

He gets a $200,000 raise from last season in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Acquired from the Cardinals last month, Cruz will back up Salvador Perez in 2016.
Jan 15 - 10:30 AM

Royals acquired C/INF Tony Cruz from the Cardinals for INF Jose Martinez.

Cruz, 29, owns a .220/.262/.310 batting line over five seasons in the majors. He became expendable after the Cardinals added Brayan Pena on a two-year contract this week. Pena figures to serve as Salvador Perez's backup in Kansas City.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 10:15:00 AM

Cardinals activated C Tony Cruz from the paternity leave list.

Cruz missed the weekend series against the Reds following the birth of his daughter, but he's back with the team now. He'll continue to serve as a backup for starter Yadier Molina. Fellow catcher Ed Easley has been optioned to Triple-A.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 11:58:00 AM

Cardinals placed C Tony Cruz on the paternity leave list.

Cruz will miss the weekend series in Cincinnati following the birth of his daughter. Ed Easley has been recalled to serve as Yadier Molina's backup.
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Cardinals and C Tony Cruz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $775,000 contract.

Cruz was entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old doesn't hit much, as he owns a career .225/.271/.310 slash line, but he has been a dependable backup behind the plate for Yadier Molina.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 02:56:00 PM

Filling in for the injured Yadier Molina (oblique), Tony Cruz ripped a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

Cruz's deep blast to left field off of Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning gave the Cardinals the lead, a lead they held until Michael Morse knotted things up with a homer in the eighth. He also drew a walk in the ninth inning to load the bases, but Oscar Taveras grounded out to end the threat. Matt Adams also went deep for the Cards.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Tony Cruz will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants on Thursday.

A.J. Pierzynski started behind the plate in Game 4, but Cruz will get the call as the Cardinals try to keep their season alive. In addition, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams have flip-flopped in the order. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Peralta SS, Adams 1B, Randal Grichuk RF, Kolten Wong 2B, Cruz C, Adam Wainwright SP.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Tony Cruz went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 8-4 victory over the Reds.

The home run was Cruz's first career long ball at the major league level. He smacked it in the second inning off of Mike Leake. Cruz was also caught stealing in the contest. This season, Cruz has hit .208/.280/.269 while backing up all-world catcher Yadier Molina. The home run was a nice moment for a guy who's not going to hit many of them.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 11:11:00 PM

Tony Cruz delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning on Thursday against the Brewers, helping the Cardinals hold serve in the NL Central.

With the Pirates also winning on Thursday, the Cardinals maintain their 2.5-game hold on first place in the division. Cruz scored Matt Adams from second base on a single to center field off of Jimmy Nelson. Cruz had entered the game in the top of the 10th after Yadier Molina had been replaced with a pinch-runner in the previous inning. Cruz has mustered a .205/.273/.244 slash line and 14 RBI on the season.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:59:00 AM

Cardinals recalled C Tony Cruz from Double-A Springfield.

Cruz will serve as the Cardinals' third catcher down the stretch behind Yadier Molina and A.J. Pierzynski. Cruz has batted .195/.267/.263 this year in the majors.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Cardinals optioned C Tony Cruz to Double-A Springfield.

The Cards will, not surprisingly, keep A.J. Pierzynski around as the backup with Yadier Molina back from the DL. Cruz will return next week when rosters expand.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Tony Cruz had a rough night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

The veteran backstop is in the midst of a disappointing season offensively, slashing .222/.309/.278 with no homers and 11 RBI. While he's serving as the team's primary catcher with Yadier Molina sidelined, his fantasy value is resigned to NL-only formats.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 11:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Billy Burns
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Chris Young
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins
9Brian Flynn
10Matt Strahm