- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 175 lb.
- School Arizona State University
- High School Channel Islands High School
- Debut July 18, 1996
- Final Game October 2, 2005
- Born January 28, 1973 in Oxnard, CA USA
Jacob Cruz played parts of nine seasons in the majors. In 409 games split among five teams, he .241/.331/.377 with 19 home runs. His minor league career started in 1994 and, except for the year 2000, continued to 2006. He was a strong hitter in the minors, with a .306 average over 11 seasons and a .482 slugging percentage. Nine of those seasons were in Triple A. Cruz played in the KBO in 2007 and part of 2008 (Hanwha Eagles and Samsung Lions, respectively). Later, he played for the Potros de Tijuana (2008) and Dorados de Chihuahua (2009-2010) of the Mexican minors and the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association (2010).
In 2011, Cruz became a coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization with the Yakima Bears. He moved to the Visalia Rawhide in 2012, the Mobile BayBears from 2013-2014, the AZL Diamondbacks from 2015-2016, and the Tennessee Smokies in 2017. In 2019, he was named assistant hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates, his first major league coaching assignment. In 2020, he moved to the Milwaukee Brewers in the same capacity and stayed until the end of the 2021 season.