Cruz, Rosales added to Padres 40-man roster

Cruz, Rosales added to Padres 40-man roster

SAN DIEGO -- As believed by MadFriars.com, the San Diego Padres purchased the contracts of infielder Luis Cruz and right-handed pitcher Leo Rosales, effectively adding them to the 40-man roster.

Luis Cruz, 22, batted .261 (130-for-499) with 35 doubles, 12 home runs, 65 RBI, 65 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 130 games for Double-A Mobile in 2006. Named the BayBears Player of the Year, he led Mobile in hits, doubles, runs and RBI. Cruz was selected to the Southern League South Division All-Star team and was a member of the World squad at the 2006 Futures Game. A native of Navojoa, Mexico, Cruz is currently playing for the Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific League and batted .303 (37-for-122) with six doubles, two home runs, 17 RBI and 22 runs scored in 33 games in the first half of the 2006-07 season.

Acquired by the Padres from the Boston Red Sox on December 16, 2002, Cruz has hit at a .245 clip (517-for-2114) with 116 doubles, 37 home runs, 238 RBI, 253 runs scored and 16 stolen bases in 559 minor league games with the Red Sox (2001-02) and Padres (2003-06) organizations. He has appeared in 306 games at shortstop, 104 at second base and 27 at third base.

The 25-year-old Leo Rosales went 5-6 with a 3.21 ERA (22 ER/61.2 IP) in 53 relief appearances for Double-A Mobile in 2006, compiling 54 strikeouts compared to 18 walks. He also appeared in five games for Single-A Lake Elsinore, going 1-0 in 6.1 scoreless innings of relief for the Storm. Rosales recently pitched for the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League and led the league with seven saves.

Selected by the Padres in the 20th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Rosales is 23-15 with 56 saves and a 2.47 ERA (64 ER/233.2 IP) in 208 minor league games. He has recorded 262 career strikeouts compared to 75 walks.

San Diego's 40-man roster now stands at 32, including 19 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders.

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