- position INF
- height 6-2
- Weight 170
- class Sophomore
- Hometown Mesa, Ariz.
- Previous School Northwestern
*Years of Eligibility Remaining: 3
• Dean’s List (Fall 2022)
• Second-Team All-Big Ten (2022)
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