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Follow the Prospects: Armando Cruz, SS
« Topic Start: January 20, 2021, 09:41:08 AM »
DOB: 1/16/2004, Dominican Republic

Signed as an international free agent in January of 2021 ($3.9 million)

Bats R / Throws R
5' 10", 160

MLB.com Scouting Grades/Report (20-80 grading scale)

HIT 55
POWER 40
RUN 55
ARM 55
FIELD 60

https://www.mlb.com/prospects/international/armando-cruz-694182
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Cruz might be the best defender at any position in this year’s class, and he’s definitely a player to watch now and for years to come.

Cruz’s medium build has drawn comparisons to a young Jose Iglesias, which says a lot about the player he could become. He’s known as a plus defender with an extraordinary combination of footwork and hands. He has also shown plus range with average arm now that projects to be well above average as he continues to mature and develop. He already displays above average carry on his throws.

The shortstop’s hands also play in the batter’s box. The right-handed hitter has shown good bat speed and a slight upstroke with his swing. He consistently barrels up the ball and is proficient at hitting line drives across the entire outfield. Power isn’t part of his game, but he still projects to add strength to his overall game as he matures. He’s an average runner now with basestealing potential, and speed is expected to be a plus tool in the future. Scouts also love his baseball IQ and plus makeup.

Cruz is trained by John Carmona, a member of MLB’s Trainer Partnership Program, in Santo Domingo. He is expected to sign with the Nationals.

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https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/PlayerProfile.aspx?ID=556811

Washington Post profile:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/01/19/nationals-international-signing-armando-cruz/

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Armando Cruz, SS
« Reply #1: January 20, 2021, 09:43:30 AM »
I'm guessing he slots into our top 10 in our prospects list. It will be interesting to see where he plays this year given the changes in the minor league system and his age.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Armando Cruz, SS
« Reply #2: February 21, 2021, 08:14:47 AM »
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Cruz has already established a well-deserved reputation for his defensive prowess.  In fact, he is often called “El Mago” (which is Spanish for “The Magician”) by his teammates and friends in the Dominican Republic. At 5’11/170lbs., Cruz is athletic and lean with quick-twitch actions.  His hands are soft and he gets rid of the baseball utilizing a lightning-quick transfer. His arm strength projects to be above average as well.  His throws from short have reportedly been timed as high as 92 MPH.  That, in combination with his quick release, will allow him to successfully make plays when ranging in the hole and delivering strong throws across the infield (the most demanding “routine” play that shortstops have to make).  Cruz also has the unique ability to create arm speed from a variety of slots, which often plays a significant role – for example – in successfully turning a double play or making an awkward throw on a slow roller.  Physically, DiPuglia compares Cruz to a player like José Iglesias, who recently completed his ninth Major League season and was an AL All-Star in 2015 with the Detroit Tigers.

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https://www.talknats.com/2021/02/21/scouting-nats-prospects-armando-cruz-yasel-antuna/