Fernando Cruz

Fernando Cruz

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Cruz, who was drafted by the Royals as an infielder in 2007, transitioned to a full-time pitching role in 2011. He'd spend the next decade bouncing around between the minors, independent ranks and foreign leagues before getting his first big league promotion during the 2022 season at age 32. He broke camp with the Reds last season and threw one of the best splitters in baseball, with the 3rd-highest whiff percentage for that pitch type (56.7%) and 2nd-highest Statcast Run Value (11). Cruz finished 2 strikeouts shy of 100 across his 66 innings, and while his 4.91 ERA wasn't great, his 2.83 FIP suggests there is room for improvement in that category. His 2.07 ERA-minus-FIP was 2nd-highest among relief pitchers, while his 23.5% K-BB percentage ranked 16th. Those looking for strikeout upside in the late stages of drafts might consider clicking Cruz's name, but don't expect a ton of high leverage opportunities or save chances. Read Past Outlooks
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#598
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in March of 2023.
Working as opener Tuesday
PCincinnati Reds
September 18, 2023
Cruz will serve as the Reds' opening pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Twins, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Cruz last served as an opener Aug. 26 against Arizona, allowing one unearned run on one hit while fanning four across 1.1 innings. He's set to work an inning or two Tuesday before turning the game over to a bulk reliever, with Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer relaying that Ben Lively is the most likely candidate to enter the game after Cruz's departure.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Fernando Cruz generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Fernando Cruz generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2021
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .216 157 53 21 29 5 2 3
Since 2021vs Right .193 186 66 16 32 11 1 4
2023vs Left .231 128 43 18 25 4 2 3
2023vs Right .196 151 55 10 27 10 1 3
2022vs Left .154 29 10 3 4 1 0 0
2022vs Right .179 35 11 6 5 1 0 1
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2021
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 5.08 1.18 39.0 1 2 0 14.5 4.6 0.9
Since 2021Away 3.46 1.25 41.2 0 1 0 12.1 3.7 0.6
2023Home 5.63 1.28 32.0 1 2 0 15.2 4.8 0.8
2023Away 4.24 1.15 34.0 0 0 0 11.6 2.9 0.8
2022Home 2.57 0.71 7.0 0 0 0 11.6 3.9 1.3
2022Away 0.00 1.70 7.2 0 1 0 14.1 7.0 0.0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Fernando 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.50
 
K/9
13.4
 
BB/9
3.8
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
94.4 mph
 
ERA
4.91
 
WHIP
1.21
 
BABIP
.343
 
GB/FB
0.73
 
Left On Base
57.3%
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.0%
 
Spin Rate
1934 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.5%
 
Swinging Strike
16.7%
 
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More Fantasy News
Wild in return
PCincinnati Reds
September 9, 2023
Cruz allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Cardinals.
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Back from COVID-19 IL
PCincinnati Reds
September 8, 2023
Cruz was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
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Lands on COVID-19 IL
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Illness
September 1, 2023
The Reds placed Cruz on the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Set to open Saturday's game
PCincinnati Reds
August 26, 2023
Cruz will serve as the Reds' opening pitcher for Saturday's game against the Diamdonbacks, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Activated from injured list
PCincinnati Reds
May 26, 2023
Cruz was activated from the 15-day injured list by the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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