Rhiner Cruz

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cruz and the second or maternal family name is Montero.
Rhiner Cruz
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Cruz with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Atlanta Braves
Pitcher
Born: (1986-11-01) November 1, 1986 (age 30)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 7, 2012, for the Houston Astros
NPB: June 11, 2014, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
MLB statistics
(through 2013)
Win–loss record 1–3
Earned run average 5.31
Strikeouts 56
NPB statistics
(through 2014)
Win-loss record 2-2
Earned run average 3.99
Strikeouts 24
Teams

Rhiner Allen Cruz Montero (born November 1, 1986) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization. He pitches for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, and pitched for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball in 2012 and 2013.

Career[edit]

Cruz began his career with the Detroit Tigers in 2004. The Tigers released Cruz, and he joined the New York Mets in 2007. Cruz was selected by the Astros the first overall selection of the 2011 Rule 5 draft.[1] Cruz was named to the Astros' Opening Day roster.[2] In June 2014, the Astros permitted Cruz to sign with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.[3]

Cruz played for the Spanish national baseball team at the 2009 Baseball World Cup[4] and the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

On April 30, 2016, Cruz signed with the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on May 15, 2016.

On May 18, 2016, Cruz signed with the Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on May 22, 2016.

On December 13, 2016, Cruz signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.

Personal life[edit]

Cruz' brother, José Cruz also plays for the Spanish national team.

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