Cruz with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
November 1, 1986 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|MLB: April 7, 2012, for the Houston Astros|
|NPB: June 11, 2014, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles|
|Earned run average||5.31|
|Earned run average||3.99|
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.
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. Cruz was named to the Astros' Opening Day roster. In June 2014, the Astros permitted Cruz to sign with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.
On December 13, 2016, Cruz signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.
Cruz' brother, José Cruz also plays for the Spanish national team.
- Houston Astros make New York Mets righty Cruz top pick in Rule 5 draft - ESPN
- Five pitchers to make first Opening Day roster | astros.com: News
- joomla. "Rakuten firma al dominicano Rhiner Cruz". Retrieved October 26, 2014.
- "España se queda a las puertas del segundo puesto de su grupo en la Copa del Mundo de béisbol" (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain: Marca. EFE. September 11, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
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