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Tony Cruz | Catcher | #17

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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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Reds purchased the contract of C Tony Cruz from Triple-A Louisville.
Cruz will serve as the new backup to Reds starting catcher Tucker Barnhart after Devin Mesoraco got traded to the Mets on Tuesday for Matt Harvey. Cruz was batting just .170/.268/.255 over 56 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level. He has a .218/.260/.308 career batting line in the majors. May 8 - 6:36 PM

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Padres signed C Tony Cruz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cruz logged just four at-bats in the majors in 2016, tallying three strikeouts and zero hits in four games with Kansas City. The 30-year-old catcher holds a .218/.260/.308 career batting line at the major league level.
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 04:34:00 PM

Royals released C Tony Cruz.

Cruz had been taken off their 40-man roster and is now officially a free agent. The 30-year-old has hit just .218/.260/.308 over parts of six seasons in the majors but should be able to net a minor league contract somewhere pretty quickly.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 08:29:00 AM

Royals designated C Tony Cruz for assignment.

They needed to clear spot space on the 40-man roster. Cruz is a career .218/.260/.308 over parts of six seasons.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 05:56:00 PM

Royals recalled C Tony Cruz from Triple-A Omaha.

Cruz was up briefly back in June and hit .264/.347/.387 with seven homers this season at Omaha. He'll give the Royals a third catcher.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 02:51:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 02:41:00 PM

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.
Sun, May 29, 2016 11:33:00 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.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 06:48:00 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.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 10:30:00 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

Depth Charts

C1Tucker Barnhart
2Tony Cruz
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Scooter Gennett
SS1Jose Peraza
3B1Eugenio Suarez
2Alex Blandino
LF1Jesse Winker
2Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
RF1Scott Schebler
2Rosell Herrera
Starting Pitcher
S1Homer Bailey
2Luis Castillo
3Tyler Mahle
4Sal Romano
5Matt Harvey
6Anthony DeSclafani
7Rookie Davis
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3David Hernandez
4Amir Garrett
5Jared Hughes
6Wandy Peralta
7Dylan Floro
8Austin Brice
9Jackson Stephens