Joe Cruz joins the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks as an experienced pitcher the club hopes will make a big impact on the pitching rotation. Cruz has spent the last two seasons at the Double-A level in the minor league system of the Tampa Bay Rays and is entering his seventh professional season.
Cruz was 6-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 18 games (15 starts) with the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League (AA) last year. Cruz allowed 42 runs (40 earned) on 64 hits in 78.1 innings pitched. He walked 54 batters and struck out 64.
Cruz was originally selected by the Rays in the 30th round of the 2007 draft out of East Los Angeles College. In six professional seasons, he is 33-28 with a 3.95 ERA in 98 games (89 starts). Cruz has recorded 433 strikeouts in 456.0 innings pitched.