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Monday, June 3, 2019

Jose Cruz signed from Puerto Rico, played single season

Jose Cruz 1990 Gulf Coast League Dodgers card

Jose Cruz joined the Dodgers system in 1990, hoping to make the majors.

He resided in Lajas, Puerto Rico, on the western part of the island and at least one player had gone on from three to the majors.

Luis Alvarado started in Lajas and went on to see nine major league seasons from 1968 to 1977.

And there has been at least one player since to come out of Lajas to make the majors, Robinson Cancel. He first made the bigs in 1999.

Cruz, however, could not add to that list of Lajas major leaguers. Cruz turned pro and played only a single season in rookie ball.

Cruz' career began and ended in 1990, signed by the Dodgers as a free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.

Assigned to the rookie Gulf Coast League, Cruz pitched in 17 total games, starting one. He went 0-4, with a 4.79 ERA to mark the extent of his pro career

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,137
Made the Majors:1,140-36.3%
Never Made Majors:1,997-63.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 473
10+ Seasons in the Minors:282

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