Cruz making most of chances with Dodgers

Cruz making most of chances with Dodgers

PHOENIX -- When the Dodgers promoted infielder Luis Cruz from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, the club wasn't getting a typical Minor Leaguer who might be intimidated by the Majors.

Cruz boasted 56 games of experience between 2008-10 prior to the callup but was biding his time until he was given another chance.

Through his first five games with the Dodgers, Cruz has taken advantage of the opportunity, batting 6-for-16 (.375) with three doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored.

"It's impressive, he's looked pretty good," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He had a great spring and was killing it at Triple-A. This guy was as confident as you're going to see coming up here."

In 74 games at Triple-A, Cruz batted .318 with eight homers and 46 RBIs. Although the 28-year-old utility infielder doesn't have the same range as some of his counterparts, his arm has more than made up for the difference.

"He's not going to give us a ton of range, but whatever he catches, he's got a cannon," Mattingly said. "I think he's going to be solid. He was a late bloomer where he's kind of just figuring it out now."