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Tony Cruz

29-Year-Old Catcher – Kansas City Royals

2015 Stats

AVG

.204

HR

2

RBI

11

R

6

SB

0

2016 RotoWire Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Cruz had carved out a nice role behind Yadier Molina as the Cardinals' backup catcher. Over the last four seasons, Cruz has totaled between 123 at-bats and 142 at-bats each year. Unfortunately, he lan...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 215   DOB: 8/18/1986   BORN: Palm Beach, FL   COLLEGE: Palm Beach (FL) JC   DRAFTED: 26th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Tony Cruz Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $975,000 deal with the Royals in January 2016, avoiding arbitration.

January 15, 2016  –  Tony Cruz News

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Tony Cruz Stats
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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
2010 23 A+ CHA 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
2010 23 A+ PAL 46 202 181 21 51 18 16 1 1 25 0 2 19 33 1 1 0 .282 .348 .398 .746
2010 23 AA SPR 40 169 149 26 43 16 10 0 6 20 0 0 17 30 1 1 1 .289 .363 .477 .840
2010 23 AAA MEM 4 15 14 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .214 .267 .429 .696
2011 24 AAA MEM 45 164 149 13 39 10 5 1 4 25 0 1 11 31 2 1 1 .262 .315 .389 .704
2011 24 MAJ STL 38 72 65 8 17 5 5 0 0 6 0 1 6 13 0 0 1 .262 .333 .338 .671
2012 25 MAJ STL 51 131 126 11 32 11 9 1 1 11 0 1 3 19 0 2 0 .254 .267 .365 .632
2013 26 MAJ STL 51 129 123 13 25 8 6 1 1 13 0 0 4 25 0 0 2 .203 .240 .293 .533
2014 27 AA SPR 2 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
2014 27 MAJ STL 50 150 135 11 27 6 5 0 1 17 0 3 13 28 2 0 0 .200 .270 .259 .529
2015 28 MAJ STL 69 151 142 6 29 10 7 1 2 11 0 0 6 32 2 1 0 .204 .235 .310 .545
3-Year Averages     56 141 133 10 27 7 6 0 1 13 0 1 7 28 1 0 0 .203 .243 .271 .514

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

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Tony 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
Oct. 4 @Min Did not play.
Oct. 3 @Min Did not play.
Oct. 2 @Min 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209 .240 .317 .557
Oct. 1 @CWS Did not play.
Sep. 30 @CWS Did not play.
Sep. 29 @CWS Did not play.
Sep. 28 @ChC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .186 .221 .256 .477
Sep. 27 Cle 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .190 .226 .262 .488
Sep. 26 Cle 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .187 .223 .244 .467
Sep. 25 Cle 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .185 .222 .235 .457
Sep. 24 Sea 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .179 .220 .222 .442
Sep. 23 Sea 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .175 .210 .219 .429
Sep. 22 Sea 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .180 .209 .225 .434
Sep. 20 @Det 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .173 .204 .221 .425
Sep. 19 @Det Did not play.
Sep. 18 @Det 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .173 .204 .221 .425
Sep. 17 @Cle 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .180 .212 .230 .442
Sep. 16 @Cle Did not play.
Sep. 15 @Cle Did not play.
Sep. 14 @Cle Did not play.
Sep. 13 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 12 @Bal 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .188 .220 .240 .460
Sep. 11 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 9 Min Did not play.
Sep. 8 Min 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .189 .223 .244 .467
Sep. 7 Min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .180 .215 .236 .451
Sep. 6 CWS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .180 .207 .236 .443
Sep. 5 CWS Did not play.
Sep. 4 CWS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .209 .239 .448
Sep. 3 Det Did not play.
Last 7 Days 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400 .600
Last 14 Days 24 3 6 3 1 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .296 .458 .754
Last 30 Days 39 4 7 3 1 0 4 3 9 0 0 0 1 0 .179 .233 .308 .541

Tony Cruz: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 51 3
2014 47 2 1
2013 44 3
2012 47 2
2011 20 2 1 3 2 2

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Tony Cruz Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015261020.231.269.580
2014381030.158.184.422
2013345020.088.147.235

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20151165290.198.319.536
201497101140.216.289.572
20138981110.247.348.643

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015514050.176.275.507
2014524150.173.250.533
2013727050.194.250.466

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015912260.220.330.566
20148370120.217.265.526
2013516180.216.353.626
Tony Cruz Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2010 23 A+ CHA 3 2 33.3% 0% 0.00 100% .500 .000
2010 23 A+ PAL 202 181 9.4% 16.3% 0.58 82% .340 .116
2010 23 AA SPR 169 149 10.1% 17.8% 0.57 80% .327 .188
2010 23 AAA MEM 15 14 6.7% 6.7% 1.00 93% .167 .215
2011 24 AAA MEM 164 149 6.7% 18.9% 0.35 79% .307 .127
2011 24 MAJ STL 72 65 8.3% 18.1% 0.46 80% .327 .076
2012 25 MAJ STL 131 126 2.3% 14.5% 0.16 85% .292 .111
2013 26 MAJ STL 129 123 3.1% 19.4% 0.16 80% .247 .090
2014 27 AA SPR 5 5 0% 40% 0.00 60% .333 .000
2014 27 MAJ STL 150 135 8.7% 18.7% 0.46 79% .245 .059
2015 28 MAJ STL 151 142 4% 21.2% 0.19 77% .250 .106
3-Year Averages     141 133 5% 19.9% 0.25 79% .250 .068

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

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2015 Stat Review for Tony Cruz    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.204 AVG
TERRIBLE
77% Contact Rate
POOR
.250 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.310 SLG
TERRIBLE
.106 ISO
WEAK
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.19 BB/K
TERRIBLE
4.0% BB Rate
TERRIBLE
21.2% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.545 OPS
TERRIBLE
.235 OBP
TERRIBLE

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

Cruz was traded from the Cardinals to the Royals on Wednesday.

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Cruz will start Game 4 of the NLDS after it was announced Yadier Molina was a late scratch from the lineup, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Cruz is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.

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Cruz started both ends of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Pirates, racking up four hits -- including two doubles and a two-run homer -- over eight at-bats.

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Cruz will make his seventh straight start at catcher Sunday against the Brewers.

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Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 5-3 win over Arizona on Thursday.

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Cruz will return to the Cardinals' 25-man roster for Monday's home opener, MLB.com reports.

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Cruz will miss this weekend's series against the Reds so he can be present for the birth of his child, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Cruz will start 2015 as the Cardinals primary backup to Yadier Molina, MLB.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2015

Cruz served as Yadier Molina's primary backup for the majority of the 2014 season, hitting .200/.270/.259 in 135 at-bats and providing no fantasy value in the process. There's a good chance he'll return to the same role for the Cardinals in 2015, as he's good with pitchers and plays defense an acceptable level. Even if that happens, Cruz won't be anything more than roster depth for the organization as he brings almost no offense to the table, indicated by a career .225 batting average and an .085 ISO.

2014

Cruz was able to get into 51 games last season but totaled just 129 plate appearances before missing a few weeks late in the season with a stress fracture in his forearm. He's a solid defensive catcher and works well with the Cardinals' pitching staff, but he's unlikely to ever be more than just a backup, especially in St. Louis. Yadier Molina may require a few more days off in 2014 than he has in the past, but Cruz seems unlikely to receive much more than a start per week even with Molina's reduced workload.

2013

Cruz spent the whole season in the bigs for the first time in his career last year. Playing behind Yadier Molina is a pretty easy gig - play once or twice a week, maybe catch a few relievers in the bullpen, bat .250, get a lot of money. Molina was injured a little bit more than usual last season, so Cruz made 51 appearances in 2012, but with no power, no speed, and no upside in batting average, he's not even worth a look in the deepest of leagues. Look for Cruz to have a similar role again in 2013, albeit with fewer chances to play if Molina avoids injury.

2012

Called up in May, Cruz made quite a splash by banging out three hits in his major league debut and getting two more a few days later. The rest of the way, however, he hit just .211 and slugged .263, perhaps indicating that he's not quite ready for big-league play. As Yadier Molina's top backup, he's not going to get the playing time that makes him fantasy relevant, even if he could hit, but his .733 OPS in 400 minor league games seems to indicate that he cannot.

2010

Added to 40-man roster in November, 2010.