33-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Francisco Cruceta in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Francisco Cruceta Contract Information:
Cruceta signed a one-year deal with the Tigers in Nov. of 2007.
Cruceta was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, the Tigers' official site reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Francisco Cruceta.
The 26-year-old Cruceta has only six big-league appearances, two with Cleveland in 2004 and four with Seattle in 2006, yet the Tigers envision him working the seventh inning for them this season. Cruceta throws in the mid-90s but has often struggled with his command. The Tigers appear to be betting on his stuff and hoping the command comes around.
The Rangers claimed Cruceta off waivers in the offseason from the Mariners. He was out of options and didn't do enough in his few September opportunities to convince the Mariners he could make the team in 2007. He led the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts, but struggled with the longball and walks. Cruceta has a 90-93 mph four-seam fastball that sets up a plus split-finger fastball. He could compete for a rotation spot for the Rangers depending on their offseason moves.
The Mariners claimed Cruceta off waivers from Cleveland in August last season after Cruceta posted a 5.19 ERA in 30 games at Triple-A Buffalo. Once a top prospect, Cruceta's stock fell the last couple years as his ERA rose. His strikeout rate remains impressive, though. He struck out more than eight batters per nine innings last season. He's a power pitcher with a low-90s four-seasm fastball and a plus split-finger fastball.
Cruceta is a pretty good starting prospect in the Indians chain. He struggled in the first half of 2004 at Double-A, then thrived at Triple-A and received two starts for the big club in September. Cruceta's stuff profiles as that of a fifth starter or a reliever, so he will need to keep staying healthy and keep his walks down to be more than the sixth or seventh man on a staff. Cruceta's struggles at Double-A in 2004 are a mystery: he led that same league in strikeouts and ERA in 2003.
One of the Tribe's better pitching prospects, Cruceta will enter the spring with an opportunity to make Cleveland's Opening Day roster. At worst, he'll be at Triple-A Buffalo and spot start in Cleveland, when necessary.