Francisco Alberto Cruceta
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 180 lb.
Cruceta was 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA for the Aguilas Cibaeñas in the 2008 Caribbean Series. Cruceta signed with the Samsung Lions for 2009; he debuted on April 7, allowing 5 hits and 4 runs in 3 innings against the Seoul Heroes. For the season, he went 9-10 with a 4.36 ERA; he walked a frightening 109 in 157 innings. He tied for 7th in the 2009 KBO in losses and easily led in walks, 28 ahead of Hyo-joon Ko. In 2010, he fell to 6-10, 5.25. He tied fellow imports Aquilino Lopez and Adrian Burnside for 6th in the league in defeats.
Cruceta was with the Dominican Republic national team in the fall of 2011. In the 2011 Baseball World Cup, he was the country's best reliever and joined Mario Álvarez in leading the staff. In 5 innings, he allowed only one hit. He tossed scoreless, hitless, walkless relief in losses to both Cuba (1 1/3 IP) and South Korea (1 2/3 IP) and gave up only a Rodolfo Cardona single in two innings of a loss to Venezuela, fanning 3. In the 2011 Pan American Games, he again dazzled in relief in a game his team lost, striking out six in four shutout innings after replacing Runelvys Hernandez in a 3-2 loss to host Mexico. He then got the win in a slugfest over Venezuela. Overall, he led the team with 5 shutout innings in the Pan Am Games and also paced them with 8 Ks.
Cruceta signed to play in Italy in 2012. He debuted in the Italian Baseball League on March 30, starting for Telemarket Rimini in their season opener. He had a great game, fanning 11 in 6 1/3 innings while allowing 3 hits, no walks and no runs. Marcos Tabata relieved and blew the shutout but Cruceta wound up the win in a 4-2 victory.