- position INF
- height 6-2
- Weight 180
- class Junior
- Hometown Mesa, Ariz.
- Previous School Northwestern
*Years of Eligibility Remaining: 2
• Dean’s List (Fall 2022)
• Second-Team All-Big Ten (2022)
Joined several other Cats with Lincoln of the California League…In 90 at bats (29 games) he hit .300 with 23 runs, 11 extra-base hits and 14 RBI…Posted a .466 OBP and reached safely in 25 of 29 games played.
Batted .375 over eight at bats in 12 games…Served as premier pinch runner and scored five runs…Played in three postseason games…First hit as a Wildcat came on Feb. 26 vs. Wright State.
PRIOR TO KENTUCKY
Burst onto the scene at Northwestern to earn Second-Team All-Big Ten honors…Forced his way into the lineup after not beginning the season as a starter…Showed the ability to reach base multiple ways.
Made 42 appearances and 33 starts as a freshman…Second Team All-Big Ten second baseman…Led Northwestern with a .336 average (38-for-113) and .457 OBP…Doubled, walked and scored in his collegiate debut against UAB (2/19)…Went 4-for-9 with two doubles in a series against Cincinnati (3/4-5)…Crushed his first-career home run against Illinois (4/16)…Notched his first three-hit game and scored three runs to help beat Michigan St. (4/22).
Played for his father, Pat, at Skyline High School…Went to the state semifinals in 2018…First-Team Arizona All-State in 2021…Also played basketball and helped team to state semifinals in 2020…First-Team All-Region in 2019 and 2020…
Full name is Patrick Cruz Herrera…Parents are Pat and Jennifer…Has a brother, AJ, and sister, Payton…Loves to take photographs and carries camera with him at all times off the diamond.
*Northwestern Athletics Communications contributed to this bio