The Milwaukee Brewers have brought in yet another reliever as they signed Eulogio “Frankie” De La Cruz to a minor-league deal on Monday. De La Cruz has not been invited to Milwaukee’s 2013 spring training, but this could all change over the next few months.
De La Cruz spent a majority of the 2011 season at Triple-A Nashville where he went 7-6 with a 3.88 earned run average and 126 strikeouts in 137 innings. The 28-year-old posted a 2.77 ERA and nine strikeouts in 11 games for the Brewers when he was called up. De La Cruz did start in 23 of the 25 games he played at Nashville, but has only made one career start in 26 Major League appearances.
The right-hander spent some time in the Chicago Cubs minor league system after he was claimed off waivers on March 16, 2012. He went 1-6 with a 3.80 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 27 games, 14 of which were starts. De La Cruz requested a release from the team in August after he voiced his unhappiness with the organization.
Since then he signed with a team from Taiwan in which he did not surrender an earned run in 24 appearances. However, he has moved on from his Taiwanese team and currently plays professional baseball in the Dominican Republic.
De La Cruz is thrilled to have another shot with the Brewers organization and hopes to get another opportunity to play in the majors in 2013. Even if he will not start the year out on the Major League roster, there is a good chance he will eventually find his way playing in games at Miller Park.
Milwaukee’s bullpen was a mess in 2011 as they ranked dead last in all of baseball with a 4.66 ERA and 29 blown saves. The team needs all the help they can get which means several players will get a legitimate chance to prove their worth. De La Cruz was successful with the Brewers once before and therefore will have the team’s trust in his corner. Expect to see him at some point out of the bullpen next season.
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