As the Astros celebrate their 50th anniversary season in 2012, it is fitting that a player named Cruz is making his name known in the farm system. Luis Cruz, selected in the ninth round of the 2008 draft, is having his most consistent stretch as a professional. This is his third season with Lexington.
Cruz, a 21-year old left-hander has posted an 0.55 ERA over his last six starts for the Legends. Over that span, Cruz has pitched 33 innings, allowed 21 hits and struck out 32 batters.
After being drafted in 2008, Cruz spent two summers playing rookie ball with Greeneville. He was with Lexington all of 2010 and most of 2011(he ventured to Lancaster briefly with little success).
Xavier CEDENO is getting in on the Astros' history celebration on the farm as well. Cedeno a 25-year old left-hander with Oklahoma City didn't allow his first run of the season until Sunday. In 15 outings, he has allowed only 15 hits, struck out 17 and posted an 0.50 ERA. Cedeno did spend part of September with the Astros in 2011.