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Nelson Cruz
Birthdate: 7/1/1980 (36 y, 8 m, 23 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/225     Position: OF
Contract: $58M / 4 Years (2015 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Cruz is expected back in Mariners camp from the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, Doug Miller of MLB.com reports. (3/21/2017)
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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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SeasonBatting 5thGABPAH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPSBCSAVG
2005Batting 5th1010000000100000000.000
2007Batting 5th14475282402554014100001.170
2008Batting 5th415195230035302100000.333
2009Batting 5th2810812029154010182311125010131.269
2010Batting 5th54201227602816214343823342111662.299
2011Batting 5th5520722649311107242318053100462.237
2012Batting 5th72265294623120011383522061340211.234
2013Batting 5th3613415236187011192914238220730.269
2014Batting 5th3613015137196012203318225030400.285
TotalBatting 5th30011071242286146712671611911148260911124197.258

SeasonBatting 5thBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2005Batting 5th100.0 %0.0 %1.00.0001.000.0001.000.000.00000.3.703343
2007Batting 5th7.7 %26.9 %0.29.170.250.383.633.213.1944-2.4.27759
2008Batting 5th15.8 %10.5 %1.50.333.474.5331.007.200.38541.8.444172
2009Batting 5th9.2 %20.8 %0.44.269.333.583.917.315.257205.5.385128
2010Batting 5th10.1 %18.5 %0.55.299.372.607.979.308.3154316.9.414154
2011Batting 5th8.0 %23.5 %0.34.237.301.391.692.155.28624-1.6.30785
2012Batting 5th7.5 %20.7 %0.36.234.296.434.730.200.25933-0.1.31592
2013Batting 5th9.2 %25.0 %0.37.269.342.567.909.299.287258.5.385139
2014Batting 5th11.9 %16.6 %0.72.285.364.608.972.323.2602811.7.411166
TotalBatting 5th9.2 %20.9 %0.44.258.330.508.837.249.27718240.7.359120

SeasonBatting 5thGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2005Batting 5th0.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %      541
2007Batting 5th0.939.4 %43.8 %46.9 %0.0 %13.3 %0.0 %0.0 %45.5 %33.3 %21.2 %21.2 %48.5 %30.3 %17362111
2008Batting 5th2.0030.8 %46.2 %23.1 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %38.5 %38.5 %23.1 %7.7 %61.5 %30.8 %733439
2009Batting 5th0.6512.3 %34.6 %53.1 %9.3 %23.3 %7.1 %33.3 %39.3 %41.7 %19.1 %16.7 %50.0 %33.3 %461181280
2010Batting 5th0.7320.0 %33.8 %46.3 %6.8 %18.9 %7.4 %0.0 %38.5 %29.2 %32.3 %14.3 %46.0 %39.8 %866345521
2011Batting 5th1.1813.6 %46.8 %39.6 %11.5 %11.5 %8.3 %0.0 %39.0 %35.7 %25.3 %31.2 %44.2 %24.7 %933352581
2012Batting 5th1.0418.8 %41.3 %39.9 %8.4 %13.3 %8.1 %0.0 %41.4 %33.2 %25.5 %10.6 %48.6 %40.9 %1104415689
2013Batting 5th0.9313.3 %41.8 %44.9 %11.4 %25.0 %4.9 %0.0 %36.7 %37.8 %25.5 %19.4 %43.9 %36.7 %596227369
2014Batting 5th0.7413.0 %37.0 %50.0 %9.3 %22.2 %10.0 %0.0 %37.0 %36.1 %26.9 %9.3 %49.1 %41.7 %568213355
TotalBatting 5th0.9015.9 %39.9 %44.1 %8.8 %17.8 %7.3 %20.0 %39.2 %34.7 %26.1 %16.8 %47.2 %36.1 %477918332946