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Nelson Cruz
Birthdate: 7/1/1980 (36 y, 8 m, 25 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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SeasonThrough 1 - 0GABPAH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPSBCSAVG
2005Through 1 - 03561010000100000000.200
2006Through 1 - 032485211810227408000000.229
2007Through 1 - 06911112136219244139123100200.324
2008Through 1 - 02848621785044141427000000.354
2009Through 1 - 010416720150295115153434628000300.299
2010Through 1 - 096149179462882882927424030600.309
2011Through 1 - 01121972226336180993522149120200.320
2012Through 1 - 0141235277633515013134237252230200.268
2013Through 1 - 09315818448307011113723231120400.304
2014Through 1 - 0137216260573110016165037849340500.264
2015Through 1 - 0131223269784910019193944946200200.350
2016Through 1 - 0136235282693514119194640557340700.294
TotalThrough 1 - 0108217922115539310103612012034629240374131803300.301

SeasonThrough 1 - 0BB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2005Through 1 - 016.7 %0.0 %1.00.200.333.400.733.200.20010.0.32695
2006Through 1 - 07.7 %15.4 %0.50.229.288.375.663.146.2375-1.8.29166
2007Through 1 - 07.4 %19.0 %0.39.324.380.550.930.225.381226.7.397140
2008Through 1 - 022.6 %11.3 %2.00.354.500.7081.208.354.351168.8.501210
2009Through 1 - 016.9 %13.9 %1.21.299.418.6111.029.311.2824116.9.431158
2010Through 1 - 015.1 %13.4 %1.13.309.408.550.958.242.3173312.2.407149
2011Through 1 - 09.9 %22.1 %0.45.320.387.548.936.228.3834015.2.403150
2012Through 1 - 013.4 %18.8 %0.71.268.368.498.866.230.2894412.6.371131
2013Through 1 - 012.5 %16.8 %0.74.304.391.557.948.253.3143313.3.406154
2014Through 1 - 014.2 %18.8 %0.76.264.373.532.905.269.2654314.8.384147
2015Through 1 - 016.4 %17.1 %0.96.350.461.6501.111.300.3736332.2.463204
2016Through 1 - 014.2 %20.2 %0.70.294.397.6041.001.311.3075522.0.413167
TotalThrough 1 - 013.8 %17.7 %0.78.301.399.566.965.265.318395153.0.408156

SeasonThrough 1 - 0GB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2005Through 1 - 01.500.0 %60.0 %40.0 %0.0 %0.0 %33.3 %0.0 %60.0 %20.0 %20.0 %0.0 %40.0 %60.0 %231211
2006Through 1 - 01.317.5 %52.5 %40.0 %12.5 %12.5 %14.3 %0.0 %45.0 %30.0 %25.0 %17.5 %62.5 %20.0 %235106129
2007Through 1 - 00.8221.6 %35.2 %43.2 %10.5 %10.5 %16.1 %0.0 %34.1 %42.1 %23.9 %14.8 %44.3 %40.9 %520238282
2008Through 1 - 01.0022.0 %39.0 %39.0 %6.3 %25.0 %6.3 %0.0 %41.5 %24.4 %34.2 %14.6 %58.5 %26.8 %267142125
2009Through 1 - 01.0416.5 %42.4 %41.0 %10.5 %26.3 %1.7 %0.0 %43.2 %36.7 %20.1 %13.0 %51.1 %36.0 %890456434
2010Through 1 - 00.9315.6 %40.6 %43.8 %5.4 %14.3 %13.5 %0.0 %42.2 %28.1 %29.7 %17.2 %43.8 %39.1 %747376371
2011Through 1 - 01.0219.3 %40.7 %40.0 %8.3 %15.0 %0.0 %0.0 %36.7 %33.3 %30.0 %22.0 %48.0 %30.0 %981462519
2012Through 1 - 00.7619.4 %34.9 %45.7 %5.9 %15.3 %9.2 %0.0 %34.4 %32.8 %32.8 %10.2 %48.9 %40.9 %1157562595
2013Through 1 - 00.9517.1 %40.3 %42.6 %12.7 %20.0 %5.8 %0.0 %32.6 %45.0 %22.5 %15.5 %45.0 %39.5 %824384440
2014Through 1 - 01.0116.4 %42.1 %41.5 %11.3 %22.5 %6.9 %0.0 %43.3 %37.4 %19.3 %12.3 %53.2 %34.5 %1127541586
2015Through 1 - 01.7120.3 %50.3 %29.4 %9.6 %36.5 %7.9 %0.0 %36.2 %35.6 %28.3 %14.1 %49.7 %36.2 %1147558589
2016Through 1 - 00.9718.7 %40.1 %41.2 %6.7 %25.3 %5.5 %0.0 %41.8 %35.2 %23.1 %12.6 %47.8 %39.6 %1234601633
TotalThrough 1 - 01.0218.0 %41.4 %40.6 %8.7 %20.6 %7.2 %0.0 %38.8 %35.3 %25.9 %14.4 %49.0 %36.6 %915244384714