Jose Trevino…has a son, Josiah Cruz (6/10/18)…in 2014, was tabbed as the shortstop on the Southland Conference All-Conference Second Team after earning a spot on the third team as a catcher in 2013 at Oral Roberts University…was inducted into the school’s Athletic Department Hall of Fame on 2/1/20 during halftime of an ORU men’s basketball game…made an in-season transition from third base to shortstop for the Golden Eagles as a junior…was a college teammate of former Ranger Chi Chi Gonzalez…is a 2011 graduate of John Paul II High School in Corpus Christi, Texas…tied the Texas state record with 25 home runs during his senior campaign and led the school to back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011…had his #21 retired at the John Paul II Baseball Booster Potluck Dinner on 2/11/16.
Slashed .250/.280/.434/.715 (19-76) with 8 doubles and 2 home runs over small sample size of plate appearances… would have easily surpassed his career high marks for on-base pct., slugging pct. and OPS…sported an avg. exit velocity on batted balls of 87.9 mph according to Baseball Savant (Statcast), an uptick from his 2019 (86.8) and career (87.1) figures…10.1° launch angle was also an increase from 2019 output (8.3°)… ranked among A.L. rookie leaders in 2B (T2nd, 8) and XBH (6th, 10) at the time of his IL placement on 9/13…had 4 straight multi-hit games w/ an XBH, 8/19-22, joining Iván Rodríguez (2x, 6/10-14/00 and 8/14-18/02) as only C’s in TEX history with such a streak…had 24 G/20 starts at C (17 GS) and DH (3 GS)…2nd most starts behind the plate among TEX catchers this season behind only Jeff Mathis (22)…threw out 1-of-10 (10%) attempted base stealers and had a 4.89 CERA, lowest on club.
Made his 2019 debut with Texas on 8/3 and was featured in 40 games/32 starts behind the plate…started 13 of the team's last 16 games, catching 121.0 of a possible 140.0 innings during that span...turned in 3-for-3 outing (2 2B, 2 RBI) on 8/30 vs. SEA, becoming the 1st Rangers catcher to record a 3-hit game since Robinson Chirinos (3-for-4) on 9/12/18 at LAA...connected for his 1st career home run on 8/19 vs. LAA (Dillon Peters)…had 2 hits and a walk on 9/14 vs. OAK after subbing for Jeff Mathis, just the 3rd Texas reserve since the start of 2009 to reach base safely 3+ times in a 9-inn. game, joining Nomar Mazara (9/6/16 at SEA) and Jared Hoying (7/6/16 at BOS)…batted .313/.328/.500/.828 (20-64) in 22 appearances at Globe Life Park in Arlington compared to .196/.207/.250/.457 (11-56) in 18 road contests...closed the season by hitting .296/.306/.432/.738 (24-81) over his last 24 G/21 GS to raise batting avg. from .179 to .258…posted a catcher ERA of 5.53, 2nd on the club to Jeff Mathis (4.09), as well as a caught stealing percentage of 40.0% (6 CS/9 SB) to lead Texas backstops.
MINORS: Spent the balance of 2019 at Nashville (AAA) where he batted .226/.263/.336/.598 (33-146) with 2 HR and 22 RBI in 40 G...hit .235 (24-102) over 1st 28 G of the season before suffering right quad strain that would sideline him for nearly 2 months…was on the injured list from 5/19-7/10, including 11-G rehab assignment with AZL Rangers (Rk.) from 6/24-7/8… slashed .205/.234/.341/.575 (9-44) in 12 G following the IL stint before he was recalled on 8/2, the same day Isiah Kiner-Falefa made his season debut at third base for Texas…with the Sounds, logged an unblemished 1.000 fielding pct. (0 E/345 TC) and threw out 9 of 38 (23.6%) runners attempting to steal.
In his only major league stint to date, was recalled from Frisco for a 3-game series 6/15-17 vs. COL and appeared in all 3 games, going 2-for-8 with 3 RBI…both hits drove in runs, including a walk-off 2-run single off Wade Davis in the 9th inning of the Father's Day series finale on 6/17 vs. COL, his most recent MLB game…entered that contest as a defensive replacement, becoming 4th catcher in Rangers history to post a gameending hit with the club trailing…others: Mike Stanley (7/27/87 vs. MIL), Ivan Rodriguez (9/8/98 vs. KC), and Jonathan Lucroy (9/16/16 vs. OAK)…lone start was 6/16 vs. COL, when he posted game-tying single in the 7th for his 1st MLB hit (off Kyle Freeland).
Spent season at Double-A Frisco, batting .241/.275/.323/.598 over 105 G and 423 PA's in his 1st Double-A action, lowest career figures in all slash categories…his 9.61 PA/SO was 3rd-best in the Texas League…rated statistically as the top defensive catcher in the Texas League at DoubleFrisco, compiling a .996 fielding percentage and leading all TL backstops in games (99), total chances (829), putouts (762), assists (64), and caught stealing percentage (41.3%, 33-of80)…had just 3 passed balls…selected for a minor league Gold Glove Award for the 2nd consecutive season, and was also Rangers Minor League Defender of the Year…selected to league's midseason and postseason All-Star squads…went 0-for-2 for victorious South team in 6/27 All-Star Game in Frisco.
Earned mid-season and postseason All-Star honors in the California League...tabbed the 18th-best prospect in the CAL League by Baseball America…rated statistically as the best defensive catcher on the circuit, leading all CAL League backstops in fielding percentage (.998) and caught stealing percentage (48.0%)…ranked among the league's batting leaders in average (7th, .303), doubles (T8th, 30), and RBI (T14th, 68)… whiffed in just 10.5% of his plate appearances, lowest among all Texas farmhands and 18th-lowest among all qualifying minor leaguers in full season leagues…batted .397/.417/.574 (27-68) vs. left-handed pitchers and .285/.328/.408 (104-365) vs. righthanders…hit .242 (23-95) over 1st 25 games and .320 (108- 338) in final 84 contests…was named the organization's Minor League Defender of the Month for July…batted .375 (12-32) with 2 doubles, a home run, and a club-best 9 RBI over 7 postseason games for the CAL League champion Mavericks.
Garnered All-Star honors for the 2nd straight season, earning a spot in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game….made the full conversion to catcher, appearing in 87 games behind the plate for the Crawdads…compiled a .992 fielding percentage (6 E/760 TC) and threw out 31 of 92 (33.7%) of attempted basestealers, 5thhighest percentage in the SAL…ranked among the team leaders in home runs (2nd, 14), RBI (2nd, 63), and doubles (T2nd, 19)… batted .318 (7-22) over 6 games in the SAL playoffs…played in 6 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, batting .217 (5-23).
Earned Northwest League All-Star honors in 1st professional season…was the MiLB.com Top Star of the Game at the NWL All-Star Game, recording a pair of doubles in the contest…ranked among the NWL leaders in home runs (T3rd, 9), RBI (4th, 49), and doubles (6th, 18)…logged time at catcher, second, third, and shortstop