Trei Cruz was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 35th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, but he knows it was out of courtesy for his grandfather and father who both played in the big-leagues with the Astros. Before the draft, Trei had let it be known he had plans to play baseball at Rice University in 2018.
Trei’s grandfather, Jose Cruz Sr., was one of three brothers to make it to the big-leagues. After starting his career in St. Louis, Jose Sr. made his mark with the Houston Astros, with whom he played 13 seasons. Altogether, he logged 19 big-league seasons in which he compiled a .284 batting average, 2,221 hits, 165 home runs and 1,077 RBI. He is one of the more popular players in Astros history.
Trei’s father, Jose Cruz Jr., played at Rice University before being drafted in the first round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He was runner-up for American League Rookie of the Year in 1997. Jose Jr. wound up playing 12 major-league seasons, primarily with the Toronto Blue Jays. His last season was with the Astros in 2008.
Trei has hopes of his family will ultimately join the elite group of families who have had three-generations of major-leaguers, including the Bells, Boones, Colemans, and Hairstons.
For more information about Trei Cruz’s baseball family, follow the link below from the Houston Chronicle: