season with the two-year school on the island was named a
Even that prestigious honor, however, didn’t land him at a bigname
school, as he then went to McNeese State.
hitters, it was recently announced by the American Baseball
Maxwell was even better with the leather, not committing an
error in any of their Southland Conference games
Since Maxwell’s college eligibility is up, he can sign with
organization or move on to the next chapter in his life.
And there’s Trei Cruz…
He didn’t come up through the Bellaire or West U Little
Leagues, but those familiar with the Southwest Preparatory
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A Rice sophomore Cruz was an All-State player at Episcopal HS
and was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 37th round
And yes, he’s from THAT baseball family. His grandfather, Jose
season this year for the Owls and the Washington Nationals
noticed, selecting him in the latter rounds.
Southwest Preparatory Conference Championship. That got the
attention of the hometown Houston Astros, who drafted him in
33rd round. But Cruz opted to head to Rice, where he has been
He also set a Rice University School record when he had nine
Cruz has options: He can sign with the Nationals or continue
his college career at Rice.