Iván Cruz

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1998 Donruss #137 Ivan Cruz

Luis Iván Cruz

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Biographical Information[edit]

Iván Cruz was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round (730th overall) of the 1989 amateur draft.

Cruz was a slugging first baseman who had the misfortune of being stuck behind Cecil Fielder when he played in the Detroit Tigers organization, behind Tino Martinez when he played in the New York Yankees organization, and behind Albert Pujols when he played in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. His best chance to play on a semi-regular basis in the majors was in 1999 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unfortunately, after only 5 games of pinch hitting and backing up Kevin Young at first base, injuries sent Ivan to the disabled list.

Overall, Iván had cups of coffee with 3 major league teams and had 5 hits for each one of the three teams. He also played professional baseball in Mexico and for the Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons in Japan, slugging 25 home runs in parts of 2 seasons overseas.

Cruz returned to baseball as manager of the AZL Padres in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, he was the team's hitting coach. He moved to the Eugene Emeralds as hitting coach in 2013. In 2014 he was a coach for the Gwinnett Braves to begin the year. Cruz was then the hitting coach of the Danville Braves when the short-season league began. He coached Danville in 2015-2016 and the Mississippi Braves in 2017.

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