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Nelson Cruz
Birthdate: 7/1/1980 (36 y, 8 m, 26 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/225     Position: OF
Contract: $58M / 4 Years (2015 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Cruz was sent back home Saturday as he deals with the effects of a nasty virus in the team's clubhouse, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. (3/25/2017)
Injury: Illness, Day-To-Day
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: So much for a move to Seattle killing Cruz's power. Now that he's done this two years in a row, it's official - Nellie could hit anywhere. Amazingly, his isolated power has actually risen for four straight years...and he just concluded his age-36 season! Even his walk rate hit its highest mark since his first full season in 2009. It's almost as if Cruz is a fine wine who gets better with age. But still, it's difficult to project a fourth-straight 40-homer season. However, there is some hidden upside here if his fly ball rate rebounds back above the 40% level, which is were he sat every season until 2015. There's some BABIP downside given his low line drive rate, which could drag his batting average back into the .260 range, also reducing his RBI and runs scored opportunities. Given his age combined with what may be a sky-high draft day price, there's real risk here that he fails to earn his cost. (Mike Podhorzer)

The Quick Opinion: Some facets of Cruz's game continue to get better and better, but remember, we're still dealing with a 36 year old and no one is immune to the effects of aging. There's downside to both his BABIP, and especially his HR/FB rate, which just came in at the second-highest rate of his career. A decline in both would hamper everything else and prevent fantasy owners from recouping their draft day cost.

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