Preseason All-State Participant Spotlight: Russell Cruz



 

Player: Russell Cruz
Position: 3B/C
Class: 2017
State Rank: 35
High School: 
Columbine
State: CO
Commitment: 
N/A
Height: 
6-0
Weight: 
190
Bats/Throws: 
R/R
60-Yard Dash: 
7.35
Position Velocity: 
76
Exit Velocity: 
91
Pop-time: 2.10

6-foot-0, 180-pounds. Cruz was probably the most improved player we saw since we did Underclass Invitational last January. He's strong, athletically built right handed hitting C/3B hits from a opened stance now with a bigger stride. Lower half worked well with future power potential. The front foot gets down early line drive swing through the baseball. Posted an improved 91 mph exit velocity which was up from 81 last January. Very vocal defensively. Can play both 3rd and C.  Shows a strong arm at both positions (76 from 3rd and 73 behind the plate.  Did a good job framing and did a good job sticking the low fastball. Cruz had a 2.10 pop-time up from 2.21 in January. Cruz ran a 7.35 which was the fastest time for catchers. Cruz is an improving player with potentially high upside.

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