By Reno Aces / Reno Aces | January 2, 2020 2:26 PM
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed catcher Michael De La Cruz to a minor-league contract and have assigned him to Triple-A Reno. Here is what you need to know about the new addition.
C 5'10"/190 Michael de la Cruz Age: 26
Michael de la Cruz was originally signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 by the Toronto Blue Jays. Since then, he's spent the last seven seasons with the organization.
The switch-hitter is a career .251 hitter over 355 games with 12 home runs, 69 doubles, 12 triples, 161 RBIs, 139 runs scored, 31 stolen bases, with a .342 on-base percentage. Behind the plate, he's thrown out 26% (74-for-288) of would-be base stealers over his career.
He's spent the last two seasons with Triple-A Buffalo. In 2019, he hit .278 with five home runs, 26 RBIs, and 23 runs scored over 55 games played. He was teammates with former Ace, Socrates Brito, last season with the Bison.
During the winter, Cruz competes with Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League. The club is currently in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana playoffs seeking their 22nd league championship.
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