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Return of the King: Cruz (MV 2012) Returns to Cornell Line-up

Chris Cruz batting for Cornell in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Photo courtesy Tim Cowie/Cornell athletics

Former Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League all-star Chris Cruz (Mohawk Valley 2012) was recently profiled by the Cornell baseball blog "Cornell at Bat." Cruz was named first team All-PGCBL last summer as a member of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Cornell slugger tied for the league lead in home runs (eight) and finished among the PGCBL's top five in runs batted in (40) and total bases (91).

The Return of the King
Chris Cruz Returns to Big Red Line-up
By Alex Gimenez

Swing and a high fly ball deep to right field, it is way gone a home run! Chris Cruz has won it, a two run home run to right field he has the single season record for home runs for the Big Red, his 12th of the year!

Back in 2012, Chris Cruz entered the Big Red history books with one giant swing of the bat.  With just one swing, he did two things that no player has ever done in the history of Cornell Baseball: deliver an Ivy League Championship and hit 12 home runs in a single season.

There is no question that Cruz’s bat was a crucial part of the Big Red’s success last season.  As a sophomore, Cruz solidified offensive power production from the cleanup spot in the order.  Playing in all 49 games, he blasted 12 home runs with 35 RBI’s while posting a .258/.351/.522 line.  In addition to his offensive prowess, Cruz provides one of the best outfield arms in the Ivy League and his speed allows him to track down fly balls that many fielders cannot get to.

What’s even more impressive is that Cruz brought his game to another level over the summer.  Looking to build on his spectacular sophomore season, he joined the Mohawk Valley DiammondDawgs of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.  In 41 games while using wood bats as opposed to the aluminum used during the regular season, Cruz hit 8 home runs drove in 40 RBI’s and drastically improved his line to .319/.407/.569 which lead the team.  The competition included some of the best players in the nation, and he quickly found himself a prospect for the MLB Draft in 2013.

To read the full article, click here.To listen to an audio interview with Cruz, click here.



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