Rhiner Cruz
Rhiner Cruz
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Groin
Est. Return 2/15/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rhiner Cruz in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2018 that includes an invitation to spring training.
Hits free agency
PFree Agent  
Groin
November 2, 2018
Cruz (groin) elected to become a free agent Friday.
ANALYSIS
Rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo, Cruz elected to hit the open market after passing through waivers untouched. The veteran right-hander returned to the majors for the first time since 2013 last season, though he made just two appearances before suffering a season-ending groin injury. He figures to serve as organizational bullpen depth wherever he lands this offseason.
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Stat Review
How does Rhiner Cruz compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). 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.
K/BB
2.00
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
0.0 mph
 
ERA
2.70
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.357
 
GB/FB
2.00
 
Strand %
80.0%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Rhiner Cruz
Monday Lineup Card: Jump Back On The 'Ledge, My Friend
September 8, 2013
Spring Training Job Battles: Spring Conclusions
March 29, 2013
How will the Dodgers replace Hanley Ramirez? Brian Pelowski looks around the league as the spring job battles wrap up on the brink of Opening Day.
Mound Musings: AL West Spotlight
March 14, 2013
Like many southpaws at this stage of their careers, Derek Holland is still finding, or at least looking for, consistency.
Spring Training Job Battles: Early March Update
March 8, 2013
Brian Pelowski takes a look around the league at job battles for all 30 teams -- including the fallout from Mark Teixeira's wrist injury.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2014
2013
Cruz was expected to play a key role in the Astros' bullpen last season, but the 27-year-old ended up spending most of his time at Triple-A. Of the time he did spend in Houston (21.1 innings), Cruz was very hittable (25 hits allowed) and had trouble finding the strike zone. He walked more batters (11) than he struck out (10), but still kept his ERA (3.38) down thanks to a high 82.4% strand rate. That percentage is not likely to be sustainable this season as Cruz continues to allow baserunners at a high clip, but he offers an intriguing power arm for the rebuilding Astros if he ever finds a way to shake off the aforementioned command woes.
The Astros selected Cruz from the Mets with the first pick in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft. He got into 52 games for Houston, showing decent strikeout potential but serving up far too many home runs (1.3 HR/9). Cruz was able to control the walks early in the year, allowing just one walk against six strikeouts through his first five appearances before the wheels came off: Cruz walked 28 in the next 48.2 innings, good for a 5.2 BB/9. With the burden of having to have Cruz on the roster all season long now lifted, the need for Cruz to perform has become paramount. Any sign of last year's problems during the spring will force him to open the season at Triple-A.
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Moved to 60-day DL
PToronto Blue Jays  
Groin
July 14, 2018
Cruz (groin) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
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Hits DL with groin strain
PToronto Blue Jays  
Groin
July 8, 2018
Cruz was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right groin strain.
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Recalled from minors
PToronto Blue Jays  
July 4, 2018
Cruz had his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.
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Agrees to NRI deal with Blue Jays
PToronto Blue Jays  
January 25, 2018
Cruz signed a minor-league contract with Toronto on Thursday which includes an invitation to spring training, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Heads to minors
PAtlanta Braves  
March 8, 2017
Cruz was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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