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55 Rhiner Cruz RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 11/1/1986 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 1110.00
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Astros reassign two relievers to minor-league camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) The Astros reassigned relievers Rhiner Cruz and Jorge De Leon to minor-league camp Sunday, per The Houston Chronicle.

Carlos Correa, Mark Appel headline Astros' spring invitees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) The Astros invited 20 non-roster minor-leaguers to spring training Tuesday, including infielder Carlos Correa and pitcher Mark Appel, the team announced.

The team's other invitees include pitchers Jake Buchanan, Rhiner Cruz, Jorge De Leon, Bobby Doran, Mike Foltynewicz, Jason Stoffel and Nick Tropeano; catchers Rene Garcia, Tyler Heineman and Carlos Perez; infielders Japhet Amador, Jonathan Meyer and Ronald Torreyes; and outfielders Delino DeShields, Leo Heras, J.D. Martinez, George Springer and Preston Tucker.

Correa, 19, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft. He hit .320/.405/.467 with nine home runs, 86 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 450 at-bats with Class A Quad Cities last season.

Appel, 22, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft. He went 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 33:9 K:BB ratio in 38 innings over 10 starts between low Class A Tri-City and Class A Quad Cities.


Rhiner Cruz heads to Oklahoma City


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/23/2013) MLB.com reports that the Astros outrighted reliever Rhiner Cruz to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

Cruz pitched in 20 games for the Astros last season, and he finished with an 0-2 record and 3.38 ERA.


Rhiner Cruz recalled from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) The Astros recalled reliever Rhiner Cruz from Triple-A Oklahoma City following Saturday's 2-1 loss to the A's. Cruz posted a 4.75 ERA in 41 2/3 innings of relief.

Astros demote Rhiner Cruz to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2013) The Astros announced Thursday reliever Rhiner Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Cruz was 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA in 14 1/3 relief innings.

Bo Porter 'confident' in bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2013) Astros manager Bo Porter said Thursday he likes the makeup of his team's bullpen. While Jose Veras is expected to get the first chance to close games, Porter said the eighth-inning role will be determined by matchups. He mentioned Alex White could work in long relief, while Hector Ambriz and Rhiner Cruz are right-handed relievers that can pitch multiple innings. Porter mentioned Xavier Cedeno as a left-handed reliever who could pitch multiple frames. 

“I love the fact we have two lefties down there who are capable of getting out some of the better left-handed hitters in our league,” he said to MLB.com. “We also have a long guy, we have a good mix of guys who can pitch in the back end. I’m pretty confident in our bullpen.”


Rhiner Cruz wins spot in Astros' bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2013) Astros manager Bo Porter announced Thursday reliever Rhiner Cruz will be part of the team's opening day roster.

Cruz won a spot in the team's bullpen after posting a 1.35 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in seven relief outings. He also struck out five and walked two in 6 2/3 innings. Cruz was part of the Astros' bullpen in 2012, going 1-1 with a 6.05 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 52 appearances.


Rhiner Cruz pitches fourth straight scoreless outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2013) Astros reliever Rhiner Cruz retired the only batter he faced Thursday, extending his scoreless-outing streak to four this spring by inducing a groundball double play with men on first and third and one out against the Astros.

Cruz has allowed just one hit and no walks while recording three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings this spring, potentially putting him in the mix for closer consideration in Houston. Jose Veras, who was the favorite to close for the Astros entering the spring, has allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk in his three innings of work while striking out six.


Cruz activated off DL


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2012) The Astros activated reliever Rhiner Cruz off the 15-day disabled list the team announced on Tuesday.