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Re: Follow the Prospects: Armando Cruz, SS
« Topic Start: February 21, 2021, 08:14:47 AM »
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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