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Juan Cruz

36-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 165   DOB: 10/15/1978   BORN: Bonao, DR   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Released by the Phillies in February of 2013.

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Cruz has been released by the Phillies, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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Juan Cruz Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2005 26 AAA SAC 13 13 0 75.0 51 20 4 90 28 5 1 0 2.40 1.05
2005 26 MAJ OAK 28 0 0 32.7 38 27 5 34 22 0 3 0 7.44 1.84
2006 27 AAA TUC 1 1 0 3.3 4 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 2.70 1.50
2006 27 MAJ ARI 31 15 0 94.7 80 44 7 88 47 5 6 0 4.18 1.34
2007 28 AAA TUC 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2007 28 MAJ ARI 53 0 0 61.0 45 21 7 87 32 6 1 0 3.10 1.26
2008 29 AAA TUC 2 2 0 3.0 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 3.00 1.00
2008 29 MAJ ARI 57 0 0 51.7 34 15 5 71 31 4 0 0 2.61 1.26
2009 30 MAJ KAN 46 0 0 50.3 46 32 6 38 29 3 4 2 5.72 1.49
2010 31 MAJ KC 5 0 0 5.3 9 2 0 7 4 0 0 0 1 0 3.38 2.44
2011 32 A+ CHA 1 1 0 1.0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
2011 32 MAJ TB 56 0 0 48.7 36 21 5 46 28 5 0 0 1 6 3.88 1.32
2012 33 AA ALT 2 2 0 1.1 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.50 4.55
2012 33 MAJ PIT 43 0 0 35.7 39 11 3 33 19 1 1 3 1 14 2.78 1.63
3-Year Averages     49 0 0 42.2 37 16 4 39 23 3 0 1 1 10 3.42 1.42
Career  (View All)     447 38 0 655.0 576 295 67 659 346 38 36 6 4.05 1.41

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Juan Cruz Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201276131315401.254

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20128620624302.316

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201216.711114513.781.44

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201219.0002191421.891.79
Juan Cruz Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2005 26 AAA SAC 13 13 75.0 10.80 3.36 3.21 0.48 78.7% 2.40 2.81 .279
2005 26 MAJ OAK 28 0 32.7 9.37 6.06 1.55 1.38 60% 7.44 5.20 .362
2006 27 AAA TUC 1 1 3.3 10.80 2.70 4.00 0.00 80% 2.70 2.60 .426
2006 27 MAJ ARI 31 15 94.7 8.37 4.47 1.87 0.67 0.99 69.2% 4.18 3.84 .290
2007 28 AAA TUC 1 0 2.0 22.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 -1.80 .000
2007 28 MAJ ARI 53 0 61.0 12.84 4.72 2.72 1.03 0.64 80% 3.10 3.47 .309
2008 29 AAA TUC 2 2 3.0 12.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 3.00 0.53 .402
2008 29 MAJ ARI 57 0 51.7 12.37 5.40 2.29 0.87 0.55 83.3% 94.3 MPH 2.61 3.57 .280
2009 30 MAJ KAN 46 0 50.3 6.79 5.19 1.31 1.07 0.43 62.3% 93.9 MPH 5.72 5.03 .278
2010 31 MAJ KC 5 0 5.3 11.81 6.75 1.75 0.00 1.00 84.6% 93.4 MPH 3.38 2.83 .528
2011 32 A+ CHA 1 1 1.0 18.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 2.20 .709
2011 32 MAJ TB 56 0 48.7 8.51 5.18 1.64 0.92 0.73 72.9% 92.8 MPH 3.88 4.37 .254
2012 33 AA ALT 2 2 1.1 16.36 0.00 0.00 0.00 60% 13.50 -0.44 .819
2012 33 MAJ PIT 43 0 35.7 8.33 4.79 1.74 0.76 1.11 85.5% 93.6 MPH 2.78 4.29 .348
3-Year Averages     49 0 42.2 8.32 4.91 1.70 0.85 78.6% 3.42 4.22 .292
Career     447 38 655.0 9.05 4.75 1.90 0.92 73.3% 4.05 4.16 .300

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

Cruz did not report to camp Tuesday due to a miscommunication about his expected reporting date, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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The Phillies have signed Cruz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.

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Cruz cleared waivers and was released by the Pirates, the team's official website reports.

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If Cruz passes through waivers, the Pirates will release him outright reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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The Pirates designated Cruz for assignment Monday, according to the Pirates' Twitter Feed.

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Cruz retired just one batter Monday, walking two and hitting a batter against the Dodgers.

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Cruz (elbow) was activated from the disabled list Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Cruz (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Monday, according to the Pirates' official Twitter page.

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Cruz (elbow) will throw a 25-30 pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, according to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Juan Cruz.

2013

The Phillies signed Cruz to a minor league contract this offseason and will give him a shot at winning a bullpen job. He was 1-1 with three saves, a 2.78 ERA and a 33:19 K:BB ratio in 35.2 innings with the Pirates last season.

2012

Cruz compiled a 3.88 ERA and 1.315 WHIP while striking out almost a batter per inning for the Rays in 2011. Pittsburgh is looking at him as a middle-inning reliever. He'll face plenty of competition, but if he can pitch like he did for Tampa Bay then he's got a good chance of heading north with the Bucs.

2010

After being an effective middle-relief option for Arizona in 2008, Cruz signed a two-year contract with the Royals in 2009. Cruz was slated to be a stalwart in the Royals' bullpen, but had an inconsistent 2009 and appeared in 46 games while posting a 5.72 ERA. Cruz has electric stuff blessed with a plus fastball and curveball, but too often he struggles with command (38:29 K:BB ratio). Cruz missed the majority of August and September due to a strained shoulder, but returned for the final series of the regular season and should be ready for spring training. He will enter 2010 as a setup option to closer Joakim Soria.

2009

Despite missing time with an oblique injury, Cruz was an effective middle relief option for the D-Backs again in 2008, striking out 71 in 51.2 innings. While his command can be spotty, Cruz's excellent strikeout rate (12.37 K/9IP) bails him out of trouble and makes him one of the game's most effective middle relievers. He'll help leagues where productive bullpen arms racking up strikeouts carry value. On the open market for the first time in his career, Cruz should receive plenty of interest during the offseason and he's unlikely to return to Arizona in 2009. Depending on where he lands, Cruz could be given an opportunity to compete for the closer's role during spring training.

2008

After getting mixed results from Cruz as a starter in 2006, the D-Backs opted to keep him in a relief role for all of 2007 and the results were highly favorable. He abused right-handed hitters, posting a 53:8 K:BB ratio and a paltry .143 BAA and will be slotted into a set-up role in front of new closer Tony Pena with the departure of Jose Valverde. Consider him to be a nice staff filler in NL-only leagues given the strong strikeout rate and good command.

2007

It's probably time to start thinking of Cruz as a reliever rather than a starter. He's had his best seasons that way and showed a big split between the two roles last year (4.44 ERA and 4.58 strikeouts per nine innings as a starter, 3.32 ERA and 8.50 strikeouts per nine innings as a reliever). If he's going to relieve, he's a threat to close, and even with the high ERA last year, his stuff and his peripherals were OK. He's someone to target.

2006

Cruz was torched in relief early in the season to the point where it earned him a demotion to the minors. He excelled as a starter at Triple-A, only to get called back up to pitch out of the A's bullpen down the stretch. He'll start the 2006 season behind Huston Street, Jay Witasick, Kiko Calero and Justin Duchscherer among righties in the A's bullpen, so a year spent in long relief limbo seems likely.

2005

Stolen from the Cubs in a trade last spring training, Cruz had a strong season in middle relief for the Braves. He struck out nearly a batter per inning with a 70/30 K/BB ratio. His numbers have been solid the last few years but he just hasn't found a valuable fantasy role in the rotation or the bullpen. After his trade to Oakland in the Tim Hudson deal, he could finally play a more prominent role in the bullpen as the primary set-up man to Octavio Dotel.

2004

After a stellar few weeks at the tail end of 2001, Cruz has never quite regained his form at the big league league level. Cruz struggled early in 2003 and was demoted to Triple-A Iowa in June, dominated there, got recalled and struggled again. The silver lining here is that Cruz, still just 25 years old, actually didn't pitch as badly as his unsightly ERA would suggest. Cruz struck out 65 big league batters in those 61 innings and walked 28, giving him an excellent K:IP and a decent K:BB ratio. While the walks are still a little higher than they should be, the real culprit for his poor ERA were the 66 hits he allowed. And that's good news because bloop singles look like line drives in the box score, and as a result, hits-allowed totals are often not the fault of the pitcher and therefore not reliable indicators of future performance. As such, Cruz makes a nice sleeper candidate for 2004, provided that his veteran-o-phile manager doesn't jerk him around again in favor another washed up Shawn Estes-type.

2003

After pitching well and showing a very live arm down the stretch in 2001, Cruz headed into 2002 as Baseball America's sixth best overall prospect and with a spot in Chicago's starting rotation. But Cruz struggled early on, and by May, he was spot starting and pitching out of the pen. Cruz righted himself after the All-Star break, posting a 2.32 ERA and a 31/14 K/BB ratio in 31 innings pitched and finished the season with decent numbers across the board save for his high walk totals (59 in 97 1/3 IP) and his 3-11 record. Cruz has a good chance to win a rotation spot out of spring training again this season, but in order for him to be effective, he'll have to keep the walks down. Incidentally, Cruz' top prospect status last season probably had a lot to do with his alleged age (21), but it was discovered last January that he is actually two years older than that. That means he'll turn 25 this year, and while he still could have a bright future ahead of him, some of the shine has fallen off his star.