WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed veteran outfielder Victor Cruzado on Monday.

Cruzado hit .262 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 94 games last season for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets’ organization).  The Higuey, Dominican Republic native added 34 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, three stolen bases, and posted a .347 on-base percentage.  Cruzado hit safely in 57 of 94 contests, including 20 games with multiple base hits.  From June 6th-22nd, Cruzado matched a career-high with a 10-game hitting streak (13-for-35, .371).  2017 marked the third consecutive year in which the 6-foot, 200-pound outfielder reached the high minors.

“I’m really excited that Victor has agreed to play with us this season,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “He’s a fine, switch-hitting outfielder with Triple-A experience that should fit in well with what we like to do here offensively.”

Cruzado originally signed with the Mets as an international free agent in 2010, and is a .271 career hitter with 30 home runs and 219 RBI in 527 professional games.  A switch-hitter, Cruzado has been equally effective from both sides of the plate with a lifetime .274 average as a left-handed batter (1,307 at bats) and a .261 average as a righty (449 at bats).  The 25-year-old Cruzado has averaged 79 runs scored, 26 doubles, seven triples, 10 home runs, 68 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and 83 walks per 162 games played, and has finished with an on-base percentage of .353 or better six times in the last seven years.

Additionally, the Goldeyes have traded outfielder Dalton Wheat to the Frontier League’s Lake Erie Crushers in exchange for a player to be named later.  Wheat was signed by Winnipeg on April 10th and played for two Miami Marlins’ affiliates in 2017.

The Goldeyes now have 28 players under contract for the 2018 season.  American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 5th.

2018 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
CF Reggie Abercrombie
RHP Tyler Beardsley
1B/DH David Bergin
RHP Edwin Carl
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Jack Charleston
OF Victor Cruzado
LHP Shane Dawson
LHP Zack Dodson
2B Jordan Ebert
C Kevin Garcia
RHP Zach Hartman
OF Grant Heyman
LHP Kenny Mathews
3B Josh Mazzola
IF Matt McCann
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
OF Ty Moore
OF Jonathan Moroney
RHP Marshall Pautsch
1B/OF Reynaldo Rodriguez
RHP Charle Rosario
IF Jose Sermo
SS Andrew Sohn
RHP Cody Strayer
C Gavin Stupienski
LHP Ross Vance