RotoWire Partners

Nelson Cruz

34-Year-Old Outfielder – Baltimore Orioles

2014 Stats

AVG

.258

HR

33

RBI

86

R

68

SB

3

2014 Preseason Projections

AVG

HR

RBI

R

SB

2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Cruz missed the final 50 games of the regular season due to his inclusion in the Biogenesis investigation, but still managed 27 homers and 76 RBI in just 109 games. Texas extended him a qualifying off...

Read more about Nelson Cruz

LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 230   DOB: 7/1/1980   BORN: Las Matas de Santa Cruz, DR   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

$

Nelson Cruz Contract Information:

Cruz and the Orioles agreed on a one-year, $8 million deal in February of 2014.

August 21, 2014  –  Nelson Cruz News

▼ More

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

+ Add To Watchlist

Cruz blasted his league-leading 33rd home runs of the season Wednesday in a 1-for-5 night against the White Sox.

To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Nelson Cruz – simply subscribe now.

Nelson Cruz Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats       Show 5x5 Stats OnlyShow All Statistics       Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 23 A MOD 66 290 261 54 90 39 27 1 11 52 8 4 24 73 0 1 4 .345 .407 .582 .989
2004 23 AA MID 67 289 262 51 82 30 14 2 14 45 8 3 26 69 0 0 1 .313 .377 .542 .919
2004 23 AAA SAC 4 14 13 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 .231 .286 .538 .824
2005 24 AA HUN 68 282 248 45 75 35 19 0 16 55 4 1 31 71 0 2 1 .302 .379 .573 .952
2005 24 AAA NAS 60 246 208 33 56 24 13 0 11 27 9 4 31 62 0 0 7 .269 .382 .490 .872
2005 24 MAJ MIL 8 6 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .333 .400 .733
2006 25 AAA NAS 104 423 371 68 112 43 22 1 20 73 17 6 42 100 0 4 6 .302 .378 .528 .906
2006 25 MAJ TEX 41 138 130 15 29 9 3 0 6 22 1 0 7 32 0 1 0 .223 .261 .385 .645
2007 26 AAA OKL 44 187 162 32 57 25 9 1 15 45 1 2 21 34 0 2 2 .352 .428 .698 1.126
2007 26 MAJ TEX 96 332 307 35 72 26 15 2 9 34 2 4 21 87 1 1 2 .235 .287 .384 .671
2008 27 R AZL 1 6 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .250 .500 .500 1.000
2008 27 AAA OKL 103 448 383 93 131 58 18 3 37 99 24 8 56 87 0 4 5 .342 .429 .695 1.124
2008 27 MAJ TEX 31 133 115 19 38 17 9 1 7 26 3 1 17 28 0 0 1 .330 .421 .609 1.030
2009 28 AAA OKL 3 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .091
2009 28 MAJ TEX 128 515 462 75 120 55 21 1 33 76 20 4 49 118 0 2 2 .260 .332 .524 .856
2010 29 AA FRI 3 13 11 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 .364 .385 .455 .840
2010 29 AAA OKL 5 22 19 1 4 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 2 5 0 1 0 .211 .273 .263 .536
2010 29 MAJ TEX 108 445 399 60 127 56 31 3 22 78 17 4 38 81 1 6 1 .318 .374 .576 .950
2011 30 AA FRI 3 12 11 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .182 .250 .273 .523
2011 30 AAA ROU 3 13 11 3 5 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .455 .538 1.273 1.811
2011 30 MAJ TEX 124 513 475 64 125 58 28 1 29 87 9 5 33 116 0 3 2 .263 .312 .509 .821
2012 31 MAJ TEX 159 642 585 86 152 69 45 0 24 90 8 4 48 140 0 4 5 .260 .319 .460 .779
2013 32 MAJ TEX 109 456 413 49 110 45 18 0 27 76 5 1 35 109 0 4 4 .266 .327 .506 .833
2014 33 MAJ BAL 123 524 469 68 121 55 22 0 33 86 3 4 46 106 0 5 4 .258 .326 .516 .842
Next 7 Days     Subscribe now to see our Next 7 Days projections for Nelson Cruz
Rest Of Season     Subscribe now to see our Rest Of Season projections for Nelson Cruz
Preseason     Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Nelson Cruz
3-Year Averages     130 535 491 66 129 56 30 0 26 84 7 3 38 121 0 3 3 .263 .318 .483 .800
Career  (View All)     927 3,704 3,360 472 895 391 193 8 190 575 68 27 295 817 2 26 21 .266 .327 .498 .825

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position     ▼ Batter Vs. Pitcher

No No No
Nelson Cruz Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Aug. 20 @CWS 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .326 .516 .842
Aug. 19 @CWS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .327 .512 .839
Aug. 18 @CWS 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .329 .516 .845
Aug. 17 @Cle 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .328 .511 .839
Aug. 16 @Cle 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .331 .517 .848
Aug. 15 @Cle 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .331 .518 .849
Aug. 13 NYY 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .333 .521 .854
Aug. 12 NYY Did not play.
Aug. 11 NYY 2 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .263 .333 .522 .855
Aug. 10 StL 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .330 .513 .843
Aug. 9 StL 5 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .329 .511 .840
Aug. 8 StL 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .328 .503 .831
Aug. 7 @Tor 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .327 .506 .833
Aug. 6 @Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .328 .508 .836
Aug. 5 @Tor 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .260 .330 .512 .842
Aug. 4 @Was 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .329 .513 .842
Aug. 3 Sea Did not play.
Aug. 2 Sea 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .332 .518 .850
Aug. 1 Sea 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .335 .523 .858
Jul. 31 LAA 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .336 .523 .859
Jul. 30 LAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .339 .530 .869
Jul. 29 LAA 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .342 .535 .877
Jul. 27 @Sea 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .344 .541 .885
Jul. 26 @Sea 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .274 .341 .544 .885
Jul. 25 @Sea 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .340 .546 .886
Jul. 24 @Sea 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .340 .542 .882
Jul. 23 @LAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .341 .545 .886
Jul. 22 @LAA 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .344 .551 .895
Jul. 21 @LAA 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .343 .550 .893
Jul. 20 @Oak 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .344 .553 .897
Last 7 Days 28 4 5 1 0 2 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 .179 .207 .429 .636
Last 14 Days 49 7 12 3 0 4 9 3 10 0 0 1 2 0 .245 .291 .551 .842
Last 30 Days 104 12 18 5 0 5 12 10 22 0 0 2 2 0 .173 .254 .365 .619

Nelson Cruz: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 59 52 8 64
2013 102 102 7
2012 151 6 151 7
2011 115 18 109 8
2010 101 14 94 2
2009 122 2 120 5

Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▼ Advanced Stats

Nelson Cruz Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014110116181.318.545.967
2013104165170.279.462.821
2012139266161.309.554.944

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20143595727682.240.507.801
20133093322595.262.521.837
20124466018747.244.430.727

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20142162612291.222.435.736
20132072413353.266.493.828
20122864818585.276.535.873

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20142534221572.289.585.934
20132062514412.267.519.838
2012299386323.244.388.689
Nelson Cruz Advanced Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats      Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 23 A MOD 290 261 8.3% 25.2% 0.33 72% .446 .237
2004 23 AA MID 289 262 9% 23.9% 0.38 74% .380 .229
2004 23 AAA SAC 14 13 7.1% 50% 0.14 46% .400 .307
2005 24 AA HUN 282 248 11% 25.2% 0.44 71% .366 .271
2005 24 AAA NAS 246 208 12.6% 25.2% 0.50 70% .333 .221
2005 24 MAJ MIL 6 5 16.7% 0% 0.00 100% .200 .200
2006 25 AAA NAS 423 371 9.9% 23.6% 0.42 73% .367 .226
2006 25 MAJ TEX 138 130 5.1% 23.2% 0.22 75% .250 .162
2007 26 AAA OKL 187 162 11.2% 18.2% 0.62 79% .372 .346
2007 26 MAJ TEX 332 307 6.3% 26.2% 0.24 72% .299 .149
2008 27 R AZL 6 4 33.3% 16.7% 2.00 75% .333 .250
2008 27 AAA OKL 448 383 12.5% 19.4% 0.64 77% .363 .353
2008 27 MAJ TEX 133 115 12.8% 21.1% 0.61 76% .388 .279
2009 28 AAA OKL 11 10 9.1% 45.5% 0.20 50% .000 .000
2009 28 MAJ TEX 515 462 9.5% 22.9% 0.42 74% .280 .264
2010 29 AA FRI 13 11 7.7% 0% 0.00 100% .364 .091
2010 29 AAA OKL 22 19 9.1% 22.7% 0.40 74% .286 .052
2010 29 MAJ TEX 445 399 8.5% 18.2% 0.47 80% .355 .258
2011 30 AA FRI 12 11 8.3% 0% 0.00 100% .182 .091
2011 30 AAA ROU 13 11 15.4% 7.7% 2.00 91% .286 .818
2011 30 MAJ TEX 513 475 6.4% 22.6% 0.28 76% .291 .246
2012 31 MAJ TEX 642 585 7.5% 21.8% 0.34 76% .304 .200
2013 32 MAJ TEX 456 413 7.7% 23.9% 0.32 74% .300 .240
2014 33 MAJ BAL 524 469 8.8% 20.2% 0.43 77% .267 .258
Next 7 Days     Subscribe now to see our Next 7 Days projections for Nelson Cruz
Rest Of Season     Subscribe now to see our Rest Of Season projections for Nelson Cruz
Preseason     Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Nelson Cruz
3-Year Averages     535 491 7.1% 22.6% 0.31 75% .299 .220
Career     3,704 3,360 8% 22.1% 0.36 76% .300 .232

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Games By Position

No No

2014 Stat Review for Nelson Cruz    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

Explain This

.258 AVG
WEAK
77% Contact Rate
WEAK
.267 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

Explain This

.516 SLG
ELITE
.258 ISO
ELITE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

Explain This

0.43 BB/K
AVERAGE
8.8% BB Rate
GOOD
20.2% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

Explain This

.842 OPS
GREAT
.326 OBP
AVERAGE

Baltimore Orioles Roster

Nelson Cruz: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cruz is out of the lineup Sunday versus the Mariners, CSN Baltimore's Rich Dubroff reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz (.276/.340/.546) smacked his 29th homer of the season on Friday facing the Mariners as he went 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz went 3-for-5 with one home run, two RBI and two runs scored Monday against the Nationals.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz went 5-for-5 with a homer -- his 27th of the season -- a stolen base, and two RBI in the Orioles' win over Boston on Saturday.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz hit a two-run homer Friday as the Orioles split a doubleheader with Tampa Bay.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in an extra-innings victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz (hand) was back in the lineup Tuesday and slugged his league-leading 21st home run of the season. He went 1-for-4 at the plate in the Orioles' 8-3 win over the Rangers.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz (hand) is back in the Orioles' lineup Tuesday in Texas, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Cruz (hand) could grip a bat without pain Monday and he has a good chance of being in Tuesday's lineup, according to MASN Sports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
The X-Rays on Cruz's hand, taken after he left Sunday's game, came back negative, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.

RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

Subscribe now to see our 2014 outlook.

2013

Cruz managed to avoid the leg-related injuries that had limited for the past several seasons, so his .260-24-90-8 line takes on greater disappointment considering it spanned a full season. His days of being a marginal 30-20 threat are well behind him as his downward trend on the basepaths continued. He swatted just six homers on the road, resulting in a .388 slugging percentage, and while his name hasn't come up often in trade rumors, his .411 slugging percentage on the road in 2011 further illustrates what kind of player one might expect to see in a run-neutral home park. You would be hard-pressed to find a player that benefited more from his home park than Cruz has the past few seasons.

2012

Cruz nearly reached 30 homers despite missing more time with recurring leg issues. It's clear that he's going to miss 30 games a year due to injury, and he's seen his stolen-base totals decline as a result. Despite the flaws, he's all but a lock for 30 homers, but his days of flirting with 20 steals appear behind him. An injury-riddled slugger who hits .260 and doesn't eclipse 90 RBI fits his profile in two of his past three seasons, so be careful when going the extra buck here, and don't pay a premium for the electric power display he had in the postseason.

2011

"Boomstick" was limited to just 108 games due to a season-long nagging hamstring injury, but still managed solid numbers (.318 average, 22 homers, 17 steals) when in the lineup. Vladimir Guerrero's presence in the DH spot limited how often Cruz could rest, a situation that may repeat in 2011 with the signing of Adrian Beltre pushing Michael Young to DH. He's a legitimate 30-20 threat when healthy, and he's a good bet to eclipse last season's run production with anything resembling a healthy campaign.

2010

Cruz finally had the season many expected from him, swatting 33 homers and stealing 20 bases. He struggled at times with an ankle injury, which ended up limiting him to 126 games on the season. He posted .955-plus OPS figures in three different months, though he drove in just 23 runs after the All-Star break as he battled injuries. There's a good deal to like as long as he remains with Texas, and his 2007 flop becomes a more distant memory with each passing year. He'll be a regular presence in the middle of the order, and could see an uptick in his RBI totals with better seasons from Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton.

2009

Cruz's assault of Triple-A pitching (.342/.429/.695 at Triple-A) earned him a late-season look with Texas where his hitting continued (.330/.421/.609 in 31 games). The assault has continued in the Dominican Winter League for good measure (.385/.447/.800 in 65 at-bats), and he'll be part of Texas' starting outfield to start the 2009 season. His major-league flop in 2007 can't be ignored, but it's getting further and further in the distance, and those that snagged him cheap late last season could end up with an absolute steal for 2009.

2008

Cruz managed to hit his way back to the minors after a poor start to the season (.188/.245/.306 in 144 at-bats), proceeded to destroy Triple-A hurlers (.352/.428/.698 in 162 at-bats), and then struggled in the majors again (.235/.292/.316 in 98 August at-bats) before seeing his playing time reduced in September. There are major contact issues (87 K in 307 at-bats), and his role for 2008 will largely hinge on Texas' activity in the free-agent market this winter and Cruz's performance next spring.

2007

Cruz enjoyed a nice season at Triple-A Nashville before being included in the trade to Texas along with Carlos Lee. He didn't do much in an everyday role in September (.256/.295/.422), but he's being looked at as an everday outfielder for 2007.

2006

Cruz destroyed Double-A Huntsville before a midseason promotion to Triple-A Nashville, where he continued to play well. Combined, he hit 27 HR, showed good on-base skills and stole 11 bases. The downside is that he turns 26 this summer and has a tendency to strike out too much. There's a chance he'll win a bench spot for the Brewers this spring; he could be a sleeper if he gets playing time due to an injury.

2005

Between Single-A Midland and Double-A Modesto in 2004, Cruz hit a combined .329 with 41 2B, 3 3B, and 25 HR in 523 AB. He drew 50 walks, which is acceptable, but did strike out 142 times. Mix in 16 steals in 23 attempts, and you have a decent roto prospect, though he turned 24 in July of this past year. He'll need to improve rapidly at Triple-A in 2005 if he wants to be considered a legit full-time prospect.