News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Waldorf, MD – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have announced their signing of Jose Julio-Ruiz.
It’s not easy playing a full season on the road, just ask the Atlantic League Road Warriors in 2018. The team without a home went 29-97 last year, but one of the few bright spots from the sour campaign was Jose Julio-Ruiz. The left-handed hitter posted a team-best batting average, .299, not to mention knocking in the second most RBI on the team, 33, in just 83 games played.
He joins the Blue Crabs for his 15th season of professional baseball, and his fourth in the Atlantic League. Julio-Ruiz began his pro baseball career in the Cuban National Series, a league he would play in for five seasons before coming to the U.S. in 2010 to play in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He jumped directly to the Double-A level in his affiliated debut with the Montgomery Biscuits that season, but after the Rays failed to resign him come the end of the season, the Texas Rangers immediately swooped into to pick him up and sent him to their Spring Training.
The native of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba first dipped his toes into the Atlantic League in 2013 with the Blue Crabs and would return the following season. Julio-Ruiz makes his big return to Waldorf in late May and will look to provide a spark to the Blue Crabs lineup.
Catch Julio and the rest of the Blue Crabs when they return home to Regency Furniture Stadium this Friday, May 24th, with the first pitch at 6:35 PM. Friday marks the first of a seven-day, seven-game homestand.