Note: This page discusses 2000s infielder Enrique Cruz. For the Dominican national team infielder of the same name, click here.
Enrique Manuel Cruz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
The brother of minor leaguer Elvis Cruz, infielder Enrique Cruz was signed by the New York Mets as a 16-year-old and made his pro debut in 1999. He was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2002 Rule V Draft. The team regarded him highly and kept him on their active roster for the entire 2003 season although he was able to collect a total of only 6 base hits in 60 games. In 2004, he returned to the minors. He struggled with the AA Huntsville Stars and was sent down to the High Desert Mavericks, where he clubbed 17 homers in 97 games. He returned to Huntsville in 2005 and hit .300 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. In 2006, he began the year with the AAA Nashville Sounds but was traded to the Texas Rangers organization for Brian Shouse in May. After the season, he became a free agent and signed on with the Cincinnati Reds farm system.
Cruz returned to the majors with the Reds for one game early in 2007, going 0 for 1. He played the rest of the season for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, hitting .267 with 29 doubles and 7 homers in 128 games as the team's regular third baseman. He signed with the New York Mets for 2008 but was released at the end of spring training. After a few weeks, he was picked up by the Atlanta Braves and spent the remainder of the season with the AAA Richmond Braves, where he hit .213 in 72 games as a utility infielder. He became a free agent again after the season but could not find a team for 2009. In 2010 and 2011, he played for the Edmonton Capitals in the Independent Leagues, crushing the ball to the tune of a .381 average the first year, and .361 the second.