01/14/2011 9:46 AM -
Andrew Cruse, winner of the 2010 Northern League All-Star Game as a Kansas City T-Bone, has announced his plans to retire.
Cruse, 26, joined the T-Bones in a trade that sent Aharon Eggleston to the Winnipeg Goldeyes on November 24, 2009. He made his T-Bones debut at the Gary SouthShore RailCats on May 22, 2009, earning the victory after allowing just two hits over six scoreless innings. The right-hander finished the 2010 season 11-6 with a 3.28 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 131 and two-thirds innings. He walked just 24 batters on the year. Cruse ended the regular season tied for the league lead in wins and tied for fifth in ERA. He made three playoff starts for Kansas City, going 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in that span while posting two complete games, one shutout, in the postseason.
“My time in Kansas City was great,” Cruse said. “The coaching staff provided the tools needed to build a successful season, and the fans were the best in the Northern League. I also had a great host family in the Reeds, who were fantastic.”
After playing collegiately for the University of South Carolina, where he earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors during the 2005 season, Cruse was drafted in the ninth round of the 2006 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent three seasons in the Phillies system before signing with Winnipeg as a free agent on April 6, 2009. Cruse made 25 appearances, 18 starts, with the Goldeyes and finished ninth in the Northern League with a 4.58 ERA.
He finishes his professional career with a record of 33-33 and a 3.78 ERA over 533 career innings. Cruse posted 387 strikeouts against just 156 walks in that span, good for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of almost 2.5:1 and a WHIP of 1.29.
“It would have been nice to finish it off with a championship, but last season’s team was one of the best I’ve been on,” Cruse added. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my career.”
Cruse has recently gotten engaged and is preparing for a move into the insurance business.