With their 37th round (1,122nd overall) pick, the Houston Astros have selected OF Antonio Cruz.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Born: Toronto, Ont.
Height/Weight: 6’ 0” 175lbs.
Team: Marucci Houston
Committed to: Rice.
Coach: Brian Biggars.\
Past teams: Marucci Houston Elite 18u, 17u, 16u; Florida Burn 15u, Miami Pro Instruction: 10u-14u..
Past coaches: Jose Cruz, Jr., Chris Shultea, Adam Dunn, Tommy Duenas, Alex Gonzalez.
Twitter Handle: TheAntonio22
Most influential person in my baseball life, besides my father, Jose, Cruz, Jr..: “Matt Fox who played at Rice University and professional ball for the Royals organization, my high school baseball coach, who pushed me to my limits and helped me become a much better player and person. Daily, he would check in with me, and ask how my swing feels and always give me the reps I needed before games and during practice. He explained how baseball is a tough game and you have to be tougher and smarter than your opponents. You must always overcome obstacles on and off the field.”
2018 Honours: Americans/All Regions Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American.
The Good genes: Father Jose (1,167 career hits), a former first round pick, who played 12 years in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. Grandpa Jose Cruz played 19 years in the majors (2,251 hits) most with the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees. Uncle Hector Cruz (361 hits) played nine seasons with the Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Giants and Cincinnati Reds. Uncle Tommy Cruz (two hits) played with the Chicago White Sox and the Cardinals.