- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 175 lb.
- School Arizona State University
- High School Channel Islands High School
- Debut July 18, 1996
- Final Game October 2, 2005
- Born January 28, 1973 in Oxnard, CA USA
Jacob Cruz played 9 seasons in the major leagues, most recently in 2005 as a pinch hitter. His minor league career started in 1994, and, except for the year 2000, continued through the year 2006. Nine of those seasons were in Triple A ball. In 2006, he was mostly with the Norfolk Tides, hitting .290 in 55 games.
Cruz played in the Korea Baseball Organization in 2007 and part of 2008 (Hanwha Eagles and Samsung Lions, respectively). Since then, he's played for the Potros de Tijuana (2008) and Dorados de Chihuahua (2009-2010) of the Mexican minors and the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association (2010).
He was a strong hitter in the minors, with a .306 average over 11 seasons and a .482 slugging percentage.
In 2011, Cruz became a coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization with the Yakima Bears. He moved to the Visalia Rawhide in 2012, the Mobile BayBears in 2013-2014, the AZL Diamondbacks in 2015-2016, and the Tennessee Smokies in 2017. In 2019, he was named assistant hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates, his first major league coaching assignment.