- Scouting Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz
be the first to compare Luis Ortiz's build to that of Rich Garces, and I won't be the last, for it is apt. Ortiz is 6-foot-3 and pushing 250 and obviously lacks any modicum of physical projection
- A Luis Severino Update
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- Nelson Cruz: A Late Bloomer Exceeds Expectations
Nelson Cruz leads both leagues in home runs, and he ranks second behind Bryce Harper in SLG. Neither is a surprise. The Seattle slugger left the yard 40 times with Baltimore last season, and moving
- Luis Severino and Defining the Debut Adrenaline Effect
league debut was full of butterflies for Owens. And so it was for Luis Severino. Just in a different way than most.
We don't have the debut date for every pitcher in the PITCHf/x era, but we do
- Yankees Bolster Their Rotation with Luis Severino
of top prospect Luis Severino may have been the primary reason for the Yankees' inaction. Minutes after the non-waiver trade deadline had passed, Brian Cashman revealed the 21-year-old's next start
- Nelson Cruz is Doing It Differently
Howard (I’ve been saying for ages that that guy’s performance isn’t sustainable!) and the entirely human Luis Valbuena. On the other hand, Cruz’s six "No Doubt" homers hold a three homer lead over
- The Necessary Analysis of a Red-Hot Nelson Cruz
Just as I was beginning to work this up, I got an email saying Nelson Cruz had been named the American League Player of the Week, which provides for a very convenient introductory sentence. Over
- Cubs Swap Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler
surprised that the Cubs shipped Luis Valbuena to the Astros in exchange for Dexter Fowler and Dan Straily.
Valbuena and Fowler are somewhat similar players, as both draw a lot of walks and have average
- Nelson Cruz: Meet Safeco Field
On Monday, one of the more anticipated transactions of the past two off-seasons finally came to pass: Nelson Cruz finally signed with the Mariners. Seattle's interest in him dates back to at least
- Mariners Reward Nelson Cruz's Overconfidence
, the Giants and Padres more or less made the same offer. Sandoval didn't necessarily go to the high bidder. Nelson Cruz? Nelson Cruz went to the high bidder.
That high bidder being the Seattle Mariners
- Mariners Reportedly Sign Nelson Cruz
The Mariners have made no secret out of their desire to trade for a right-handed slugger, so perhaps this report from the Dominican newspaper El Caribe should not surprise us too much:
- Nelson Cruz Home Run Estimates
Nelson Cruz got a one year deal with the Orioles last year and had a career season. He had career highs in Home Runs, RBIs and Runs. Most people considered him an after thought on draft or auction
- Luis Valbuena: Bueno, or No?
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- Nelson Cruz and HR/LD%
Last Friday night, Nelson Cruz faced off against Felix Hernandez, and in the second inning this happened to a baseball:
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- Warning! Beware of Nelson Cruz
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Cruz is 33 years old
He's coming off a PED suspension
The last three years, he's been worth the same WAR as Sean Rodriguez and John Buck
He's a free
- A Frightening List of Nelson Cruz Comparisons
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- Nelson Cruz Defies Real World Value
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is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Nelson Cruz.
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- An Apology to Luis Valbuena and Dioner Navarro
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- Keury De La Cruz And Shiny New Toys
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- Daily Notes, Largely Concerning Luis Avilan's Curve
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Pitch: Luis Avilan's Curve
2. Today's Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
- Luis Sardinas: Best SS You've Never Heard Of
In heading to Greenville, South Carolina for an early September pair to see the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers), no prospect interested me more than shortstop Luis Sardinas. A few days earlier, a contact
- Luis Cruz & Johnny Giavotella: Deep League WW
are a pair of middle infielders who might actually contribute.
Luis Cruz | LAD SS/3B | CBS 11% Owned
Cruz has been a career minor leaguer, racking up an astounding 4,891 plate appearances
- FanGraphs Audio: In the Clubhouse with Luis Exposito
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks to catcher Luis Exposito, who recently made his major-league debut with Baltimore not long after being DFA'd by Boston.
- Closer Trends: Casilla, Shaw, Cruz
on the closer depth chart.
Cruz recorded a save last night for the Pirates. Joel Hanrahan has been considered day-to-day with a hamstring injury that he suffered during his save
- Giancarlo Cruz-Michael "Bam-Bam" Stanton
Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton will now be known by his legal first name instead of half of his middle name. That's pronounced like "shoncarlo" in case you were wondering.
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- Rangers Extend Cruz Through Arbitration Years
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- Rhiner Cruz? 1st Pick? Seriously?
In seeing Rhiner Cruz' name as the top pick in this year's Rule 5 draft, my first thought was this would be the last time I ever spent a tangible amount of time prepping for it. In a moment
- Pursue the Next Ayala, Not Luis Himself
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- Luis Valbuena: Toronto's Starting 2B?
starting second baseman in Luis Valbuena. Valbuena, 26 this week, had no shot at meaningful playing time while stuck behind Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis, and he has done his best Juan Castro
- Cruz Missile, Exemplar of Genre
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- Nelson Cruz Could Have Been on Your Team
Nelson Cruz compiled yet another solid campaign for a corner outfielder, hitting .263/.312/.509 with 29 home runs in 124 games. The 31-year-old Dominican has always been known for his behemoth-like
- Nelson Cruz Replacements: Waiver Wire
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- Should the Phillies Sign Luis Castillo?
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- Texas Is Boring, or Why Nelson Cruz Is Underhyped
is Hamilton's fellow-outfielder-and-Ranger, the titular Nelson Cruz. On a per-PA basis, one could argue that Cruz has actually been better than Hamilton (2010's American League Most Valuable Player) over the last
- Royals Flush Juan Cruz
the release of Juan Cruz. I just don’t get it.
When the Royals signed Cruz to a two-year deal worth six million in February 2009, it looked a heck of a lot smarter than their signing of Kyle Farnsworth
- The Wright-Cruz Rumor
Yesterday, Keith Law confirmed an interesting old trade rumor, noting that he was in the room in 2002 when Steve Phillips offered J.P. Ricciardi a straight up swap of David Wright for Jose Cruz Jr
- Luis Perdomo Dislikes Thrillers
Back in the early part of the summer I wrote about Padres’ long-man Luis Perdomo. To call him a mop-up man is being generous. His average leverage index is 0.26, which is almost half of the next
- Nelson Cruz's Contact
Nelson Cruz has the fifth lowest contact rate of any hitter in baseball this year, with his 67.9% rate sandwiching him right between Howard and Cust. However, his K% isn't anywhere near
- Luis Perdomo: The Ultimate Low-Leverage Reliever
Everyone suspected Luis Perdomo’s usage and the score of the game would have a relationship built upon by managerial artifice and desire to slowly transition Perdomo from Double-A to the majors. Thus
- Royals Sign Juan Cruz
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- Position Battles: Rangers' OF, Pt. 1: Byrd and Cruz
that, but the folks in Arlington also got the benefit of a career year from thirty-something Marlon Byrd, some late-season feats of strength from minor league bopper Nelson Cruz and a decent rookie
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possess the skills to thrive at the highest level of competition.
Coming into the 2008 season, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz appeared to fit the label to a T. The 6-3, 230 pounder (who also toiled
- Cruz Control
Back in May, we noticed that Nelson Cruz was blistering the baseball in the PCL and deserved another shot in the major leagues. The Rangers didn't have any problems scoring runs, though, so Cruz