RobertAnthony Cruz of Division II Biola University was not among the 612 players selected in this year’s MLB Draft, but the 6’1” middle infielder won’t have to give up on his big-league dreams thanks to the Washington Nationals, who signed the 22-year-old shortly after the draft concluded. Donning a red Nationals cap, Cruz later paid his father a visit at work, surprising his dad with the revelation that his many years of hard work had finally paid off.
A native of Riverside, California, Cruz is coming off a monster 2021 at Biola, leading the Eagles in virtually every offensive category including batting average (.388), on-base percentage (.489), slugging (.733), walks (23), home runs (11), RBI (36), steals (eight) and runs scored (29). Cruz’s Biola teammate, left-handed pitcher Larson Kindreich, is also headed to the show, joining Texas as the 224th pick in this year’s draft. That pick comes with an assigned slot value of $191,500.
Hopefully Cruz will enjoy a long, successful pro tenure, though if baseball doesn’t ultimately pan out, he can always fall back on his other love, photography, to pay the bills.