Royals acquire Antonio Cruz LHP and Julio Rodriguez C from Tigers, but who are they?
According to my twitter friend Mark Anderson, who is the managing editor for TigsTown.com Cruz has average life on his fastball with a tendency to overthrow and see his pitches flatten out, has a nice 1-7 break on his curve. I know that Cruz is a smallish lefty that has room to grow into s skinny frame. He is a under 6’0 kid out of the Dominican that will not turn 20 until October. He was signed by the Tigers as a 16 year old and he has been used mostly as a RP. He has spent parts of the last 2 seasons in the Midwest League (Low A) with a record 0f 2-6 and a 3.11 e.r.a this season in 22 games with 10 starts and 75 innings. He has 58 k’s versus 28 walks. I expect him to be assigned to the Kane County club. I am told he has a legitimate shot at being a future LOOGY as he is very tough on left handers as he pitches with some deception.
Rodriguez is the type of catcher that organizations like to have….which is exactly why I wanted the Royals to draft UCLA SR C Stevie Rodriguez this year. (he went to Arizona in the draft) Julio is best described as a organizational guy that pitchers like throwing to. The Royals have had little success at the catching position with Wilmington this season and recently called up Travis Jones to the club. They have used Jose Bonilla but I think it is safe to say the Blue Rocks could use a catching upgrade. Rodriguez is a soon to be 22 year old catcher who is also from the Dominican that has hit .283 with a .325 obp this season in high A ball. In 946 career at bats he has just 5 HR. So, this is definitely a catch and throw kid that might make AAA.
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