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Nelson Cruz

35-Year-Old Outfielder – Seattle Mariners

2015 Stats

AVG

.320

HR

39

RBI

82

R

76

SB

3

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Cruz may have been the biggest bargain on the market in free agency last winter when the Orioles picked him up for $8 million on a one-year contract. Under the cloud of a 50-game suspension for his co...

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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

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Nelson Cruz Contract Information:

Cruz and the Mariners agreed on a four-year, $57 million deal in December of 2014.

August 26, 2015  –  Nelson Cruz News

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Cruz went 3-for-4 with his 39th homer, a walk, three RBI and two runs in Wednesday's 8-2 romp over the A's.

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Nelson 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
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 159 678 613 87 166 74 32 2 40 108 4 5 55 140 0 5 5 .271 .333 .525 .858
2015 34 MAJ SEA 125 538 484 76 155 62 22 1 39 82 3 2 50 121 0 0 4 .320 .388 .612 1.000
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3-Year Averages     142 591 537 74 142 61 31 0 30 91 5 3 46 129 0 4 4 .264 .325 .490 .815
Career  (View All)     1088 4,396 3,988 567 1,095 472 225 11 236 679 72 30 354 972 2 26 26 .275 .336 .514 .850

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Nelson Cruz Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Aug. 27 @CWS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .320 .388 .612 1.000
Aug. 26 Oak 4 2 3 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .390 .615 1.005
Aug. 25 Oak 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .386 .607 .993
Aug. 24 Oak 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .318 .385 .604 .989
Aug. 23 CWS 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .320 .387 .608 .995
Aug. 22 CWS 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .388 .610 .998
Aug. 21 CWS 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .322 .388 .611 .999
Aug. 19 @Tex 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .320 .387 .605 .992
Aug. 18 @Tex 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .388 .608 .996
Aug. 17 @Tex 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .390 .609 .999
Aug. 16 @Bos 7 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .389 .611 1.000
Aug. 15 @Bos 3 2 2 0 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .324 .392 .612 1.004
Aug. 14 @Bos 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .322 .388 .605 .993
Aug. 12 Bal Did not play.
Aug. 11 Bal 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .324 .389 .609 .998
Aug. 10 Bal 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .324 .389 .604 .993
Aug. 9 Tex 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .325 .391 .607 .998
Aug. 8 Tex 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .325 .390 .602 .992
Aug. 7 Tex 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .323 .387 .600 .987
Aug. 5 @Col 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .324 .389 .597 .986
Aug. 4 @Col 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .323 .387 .597 .984
Aug. 3 @Col 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .385 .590 .975
Aug. 2 @Min 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .380 .581 .961
Aug. 1 @Min 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .380 .576 .956
Jul. 31 @Min 5 1 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314 .379 .566 .945
Jul. 30 @Min 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .307 .374 .553 .927
Jul. 29 Ari 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .309 .376 .558 .934
Jul. 28 Ari 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .309 .375 .559 .934
Jul. 27 Ari 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .309 .376 .555 .931
Jul. 26 Tor 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .311 .378 .559 .937
Last 7 Days 28 9 9 2 0 3 7 3 10 0 0 1 0 0 .321 .406 .714 1.120
Last 14 Days 52 13 15 3 0 5 12 7 18 0 0 1 0 0 .288 .383 .635 1.018
Last 30 Days 119 26 42 7 0 15 25 13 29 1 0 1 0 0 .353 .421 .790 1.211

Nelson Cruz: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 76 76 49
2014 70 60 11 89
2013 102 102 7
2012 151 6 151 7
2011 115 18 109 8
2010 101 14 94 2
2009 122 2 120 5

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Nelson Cruz Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20151312611221.366.7021.141
2014137148221.314.569.977
2013104165170.279.462.821

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20153454827572.299.571.936
20144767332863.258.513.823
20133093322595.262.521.837

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20152343212332.308.504.893
20142983615402.252.463.783
20132072413353.266.493.828

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20152424226461.326.7071.089
20143155125682.289.584.930
20132062514412.267.519.838
Nelson 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
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 678 613 8.1% 20.6% 0.39 77% .291 .254
2015 34 MAJ SEA 538 484 9.3% 22.5% 0.41 75% .358 .292
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3-Year Averages     591 537 7.8% 21.8% 0.36 76% .296 .226
Career     4,396 3,988 8.1% 22.1% 0.36 76% .309 .239

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2015 Stat Review for Nelson Cruz    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.320 AVG
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75% Contact Rate
POOR
.358 BABIP
HIGH
Power

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.612 SLG
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.292 ISO
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Plate Discipline

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0.41 BB/K
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9.3% BB Rate
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22.5% K Rate
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OPS/OBP

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1.000 OPS
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.388 OBP
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Nelson Cruz: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cruz hit his 38th home run, a solo shot, in Tuesday's win over Oakland.

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Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Friday.

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Cruz went 2-for-3 with his 35th home run, two walks, three RBI and two runs scored against Boston on Saturday.

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Cruz (neck) will return to the lineup Friday against the Red Sox, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

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Cruz (neck) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.

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Cruz left Tuesday's game with neck spasms, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.

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Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Friday.

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Cruz went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and a steal Wednesday at Colorado.

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Cruz homered for a fifth consecutive game in Tuesday's win over the Rockies. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a walk.

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Cruz collected three hits and homered for the fourth straight game in Monday's 8-7 win over the Rockies.

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Cruz doubled and homered in Saturday's 3-2 loss at the Twins.

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Cruz homered for the second game in a row Wednesday, hitting two long balls and a double in a loss to the Tigers.

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Cruz, who has played outfield in nearly 60 percent of his games, likely will DH more because the fatigue of the season is wearing on him, the Seattle Times reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

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 offer for 2014, which Cruz rejected, so he finds himself on the free agent market for the first time in his career. He's battled injuries in the past and will turn 34 in July, making him a poor choice for a long-term contract, but the Orioles were willing to forfeit a draft pick after signing Cruz to a one-year, $8 million deal in February. He'll likely see time in left field and as the team's primary DH, with an opportunity to provide more power and depth to an already steady Baltimore offense.

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.