De Jota (David) Cruz – Power hitting OF who can pitch in relief
De Jota (David) Cruz is an outfielder/pitcher out of Crown College who during his four years at the NCAA III school set multiple school records including most career home runs (8) and most RBI’s in a season (28).
David was also used sparingly as a pitcher but is most comfortable swinging the bat. David hits from the right side for both average and power, efficiently utilizing his large 6’2”, 225 lb frame to hit for frequent extra base hits.
David has a strong arm and although not the fastest you will see at the ballpark, moves well for a big man and is an excellent base runner.
David had his first professional stint in 2017 in the upstart Thoroughbred Professional Baseball League where he hit .304 over the course of 10 games including 4 doubles and 12 walks. He is not looking to take his career the overseas route and is open to all offers.
Any club seeking a big bat who can also pitch in relief is encouraged to reach out to David with any expressions of interest. He is open to potentially staying with a club longer term if there is a good fit.
Date of birth: 1994-12-16
Birthplace / Current Residence: Staten Island, New York / Miami, FL
Passports held: United States
Height and weight: 6’2” / 225 lbs
Bats / Throws: R/R
Primary position(s): Left field, Right Field
Secondary position(s): 1st base, Center Field, Pitcher
Hobbies and Interests: Weight training, video games, comic books
Post baseball career plans: Sports Broadcaster
Relationship status: Has spouse who he wants to bring for baseball abroad
Recent injuries or illnesses: None
2013, 2015-2017: Crown College, Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (NCAA III)
2017: Sunrise Sunsets, Federal League
2016: Miami Naturals, Gold Coast Collegiate League
2015: Miami Aces, Gold Coast Collegiate League
2013: Texas Marshals, Texas Collegiate League
2017: Stallions, Thoroughbred League
2017: Crown College – Tied for most career home runs at Crown College (8)
2017: Crown College – Tied for most RBI’s in a season (28)
2017: Crown College – Tied for most run scored in a game (4)
2016: Crown College – Tied for most home runs in a game (2) Link
2016: Crown College – Tied for most total bases in a game (9) Link
2016: UMAC All-Conference
2015: UMAC All-Conference
None but is open to being an assistant coach of a youth team
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“De Jota Cruz is one of the most genuine ball players I have ever had the privilege to be around. He absolutely loves the game, and his ability is tremendous. He has the best work ethic of anyone I have ever coached. His power at the plate is plus rating. De Jota has a great first step in the outfield, and he anticipates plays extremely well. He has a plus arm from the outfield and on the mound. He has the ability to play professionally in the outfield with plus power or on the mound with an overpowering fastball and good command of his off speed pitches. De Jota has a love of the game that impacts others around him. He can play in front of thousands or a small few, he loves the game and has a tremendous joy playing it.De Jota’s greatest strength is his character and heart. He will light up a room the moment he walks into it. He is humble and passionate. He genuinely loves people and has a passion to be great. He would be a tremendous asset to any team that takes him. The team, management, and community will absolutely love De Jota Cruz. All he needs is someone to give him an opportunity. I promise you that they will not regret it for a second giving De Jota Cruz a spot on your team and organization.”
Financial arrangement: David is looking to have his flights paid, accommodations provided, and a small salary to cover his living expenses.
Preferred level: He is open to all levels overseas
Living arrangement preferences: He is open to all living arrangements which include a private bedroom.
Phone/Whatsapp: +1 (706) 231-4488