Our second installment of Where Are They Now? looks at three players I got TTM autographs from during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Gustavo Chacin: Chacin pitched for the Jays from 2004 to 2007, but hasn’t played an inning of Big League ball since then. A strong, 13-win rookie season in ’05 helped Chacin finish fifth in American League Rookie of the Year voting, but after that promising year, he won just 11 games. Since stumbling out of Toronto, the 1980-born Venezuelan has pitched in the Washington, Philadelphia and Houston organizations. Perhaps his quick fall from grace is due to the Hample Jinx.
Guillermo Quiroz: A once-promising Jays catching prospect, Quiroz was handed a $1.5 million signing bonus by Toronto at the age of 16. That big chunk of cash didn’t earn dividends for the Jays; Quiroz suited up for just 29 games in a Toronto uniform, hitting slightly above .200. After spending time in the Seattle and Texas organizations, Quiroz’ best season came in Baltimore in 2008, where the defensive specialist played 56 games and hit .206. He’s currently back in the Mariners organization.
Jose Cruz, Jr.: The son of a long-time Major Leaguer, Cruz, Jr. played nearly 1,400 Big League games, including 698 with Toronto. As a Blue Jay, Cruz, Jr. batted .250 and hitt 122 home runs. In all, the career .247 hitter had 204 jacks and played for nine teams before retiring following the 2008 season.