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Rhiner Cruz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/1/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2 / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Blue Jays signed RHP Rhiner Cruz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Cruz put up a 2.84 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 63/24 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings (40 relief appearances) last season for the Triple-A affiliate of the Braves. The 31-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013, when he was a temporary member of the Astros' bullpen. Jan 25 - 11:10 AM

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Astros released RHP Rhiner Cruz.

Cruz will sign with Japan's Rakuten Eagles. A former first pick of the Rule 5 Draft, Cruz holds a 5.31 ERA over 72 appearances at the major league level and had put up a 2.24 mark at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 03:47:00 PM

Astros reassigned RHP Rhiner Cruz and RHP Jorge De Leon to minor league camp.

Both hurlers were in camp competing for a role in the Opening Day bullpen. Cruz, a 27-year-old right-hander, posted an 18.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in his two innings of work this spring. He should get a chance with the Astros at some point during the regular season.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Astros sent RHP Rhiner Cruz outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The move opens a spot on Houston's 40-man roster. Cruz, 27, has a 5.31 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 76 1/3 career major league innings (72 career relief appearances).
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 02:25:00 PM

Astros recalled RHP Rhiner Cruz from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Cruz had a 4.40 ERA and 2.02 WHIP over 14 1/3 innings earlier this season. He'll be a middle relief option for the Astros.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 07:25:00 PM

Astros optioned RHP Rhiner Cruz to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Cruz has really struggled with his control in the early part of the season, posting a rough 4.40 ERA and 6/9 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander figures to resurface in the bullpen at some point this summer.
Thu, May 2, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Astros activated RHP Rhiner Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.

Cruz spent the minimum amount of time on the DL with a sprained ankle. He'll return to a 2.08 ERA in 8 2/3 innings this season.
Tue, May 8, 2012 11:00:00 PM

Rhiner Cruz (ankle) gave up two runs in 2/3 of an inning during a rehab appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday.

He'll make another appearance Monday. "Then we’ll see where we’re at with him health-wise, strength-wise and ankle-wise," Astros manager Brad Mills said. Cruz is eligible for activation Wednesday and could be ready at that time.
Sun, May 6, 2012 10:59:00 AM

Astros placed RHP Rhiner Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle sprain.

Cruz should be recovered by the time his 15 days are up. He has a 2.08 ERA in 8 2/3 innings this season.
Tue, May 1, 2012 11:08:00 PM

Rule 5 pick Rhiner Cruz has made the Astros' Opening Day roster.

Cruz, who was selected from the Mets in December's Rule 5 Draft, has a 6.75 ERA and 10/10 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings this spring. Not very impressive, but he throws hard and it's not like the Astros have much to lose by sticking him in the bullpen for a little while. The 25-year-old right-hander must be kept all season or passed through waivers and offered back to the Mets for $25,000.
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 08:47:00 PM

Rule 5 pick Rhiner Cruz failed to retire any of the five Braves he faced in a loss Monday.

One batter did reach on an error, but Cruz allowed two hits and walked two. He was charged with four runs, three of which were earned. Cruz was the first overall pick in December's Rule 5 draft, but the former Mets farmhand has little working in his favor outside of a big fastball. The Astros have little to lose by stashing him in their pen anyway, but he's a real long shot to develop.
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 04:39:00 PM

Astros selected RHP Rhiner Cruz from the Mets with the No. 1 pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Cruz has a huge arm that's capable of reaching back for triple-digits on the radar gun, but to this point his results have been lacking. He posted a 3.89 ERA between High- and Double-A in 2011 and walked 5.7/9. But, he also struck out nearly a batter per inning and has an 8.5 K/9 mark in his minor league career. The Astros should be able to keep him in their bullpen all year, which they'll have to do to retain his services.
Thu, Dec 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

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