Tony Cruz
Tony Cruz
32-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, with the Reds in December of 2017.
Cut loose by Reds
CFree Agent  
June 21, 2018
Cruz was released by the Reds on Thursday.
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The veteran backstop appeared in just nine games for the Reds this season, hitting .154/.154/.308 over those contests. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as organizational catching depth.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+235%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+157%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .629 15 2 1 3 0 .214 .200 .429
Since 2016vs Right .188 16 0 0 0 0 .063 .063 .125
2018vs Left .643 14 2 1 2 0 .214 .214 .429
2018vs Right .250 12 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .167
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .000 1 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
2016vs Right .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .000 16 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2016Away .800 15 2 1 2 0 .267 .267 .533
2018Home .000 14 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018Away 1.000 12 2 1 2 0 .333 .333 .667
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home .000 2 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Stat Review
How does Tony Cruz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
42.3%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.154
 
AVG
.154
 
OBP
.154
 
SLG
.308
 
OPS
.462
 
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Cruz has made a career out of being a backup catcher in the majors. Heading into 2016, he'd averaged 52 games per season and tended to keep his batting average just around the .200 mark. However, 2016 saw him slide down the organizational depth chart, and he spent almost the entirety of the season at Triple-A Omaha, where he hit .264/.347/.387 to go along with a .321 BABIP. Although he played just four games with the big club, Cruz signed with the Padres on a minor league deal over the offseason, which could offer him a bit more time at the major league level down the road. However, with Austin Hedges lined up for the bulk of the playing time, Cruz's upside is negligible at best if he manages to land a roster spot in San Diego.
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 landed in the about the worst spot possible for potential playing time with an offseason move to Kansas City, which also has Drew Butera behind the ever-durable Salvador Perez. Thus, Cruz's fantasy value is and will remain virtually non-existent. He knows the game and is good with pitchers, making him a good fit on a real-life baseball team in his role as a backup, but he is a career .220/.262/.310 hitter with just five home runs in 591 at-bats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Added to 40-man roster in November, 2010.
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Sent back to minors Thursday
CCincinnati Reds  
May 31, 2018
Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
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Has contract selected Tuesday
CCincinnati Reds  
May 8, 2018
Cruz had his contract selected by the Reds on Tuesday.
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Sent to minor-league camp
CCincinnati Reds  
March 25, 2018
Cruz was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday.
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Chance to make Reds roster
CCincinnati Reds  
March 24, 2018
The Reds are contemplating keeping Cruz on the big-league roster to begin the season as a third catcher, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "I think the world of Tony Cruz," manager Bryan Price said. "I think he's a big league player in my opinion. He's certainly been a topic of discussion. That frees up Mesoraco or Barnhart to pinch hit on the days they're not playing early.
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Agrees to deal with Reds
CCincinnati Reds  
December 21, 2017
Cruz signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with Cincinnati on Wednesday.
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