Tricolor Humberto Cruz, 16, signs with San Diego Padres

Tricolor Humberto Cruz, 16, signs with San Diego Padres

From the Editorial

La Jornada Newspaper
Thursday, February 22, 2024, p. a10

Mexican pitcher Humberto Cruz, just 16 years old and who debuted in the Mexican Baseball League (LMB) in 2023, was signed by the San Diego Padres, with whom he will begin his path in search of reaching the Major Leagues.

Cruz, born on December 18, 2006 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, started playing baseball at the age of three in the Linda Vista League and it was at 11 that he realized he wanted to dedicate himself to the king of sports. In 2022, at 15 years old, he was recruited by the scout Joel Serna.

Cruz began his path at the Alfredo Harp Academy, playing with the Mexican team in the U-18 World Cup and in the 2022 season of the Mexican Winter League. In 2023, thanks to his potential and development, he debuted in the Mexican League. Happy for the support and for fulfilling a dream

I am very happy for all the support I have received from my family, my grandparents, colleagues, Diablos Rojos and the Padres to be able to make this dream come true, explained Cruz. I was nervous but very happy to reach this point, because all the work I did since I was a child and since I arrived at Diablos has paid off.

On Saturday, June 3, 2023, he appeared at the LMB facing the Mariachis de Guadalajara, pitching an inning. After that, he continued his work at the El Carmen Academy, Nuevo León, and at the end of the year he returned to play in the Mexican Winter League, where he had a great performance: six games with an ERA of 0.59 in 15.1 innings of work, in those who only allowed one run and walked one, adding 18 strikeouts.

I have prepared myself for the challenge that is coming, I know it is something big. The next step begins in the Dominican Republic, but I’m ready, said the right-hander.

Humberto Cruz was one of the seven players who debuted with Diablos Rojos in LMB last year, along with Ángel Arredondo (16 years old), Bran-don Jaime (18), Isael Arias (17), José Manuel Hernández (20), Jorge Monroy (21) and Cristhian Lucero (19).

The player signed the contract with a bonus of 750 thousand dollars, a figure that anticipates the good future that lies ahead.

2024-02-22 10:01:22
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