Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz

DH - MIN
Height: 6' 2"Weight: 230 lbsAge: 38Bats: RThrows: RCountry: DOM

2019 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
N/A
Draft Rank (ECR) H #43
Best / Worst #14 / #69
ADP #88

Ownership

 
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80%
 
ESPN
93%

Eligibility

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Forget the groundhog seeing his shadow; there's no better sign of spring's arrival than seeing Cruz get drafted criminally late. After merely clobbering 37 homers-his lowest tally since 2013-the stud DH has a consensus ADP outside of the top 100. That's an absurdly low price for a dependably elite slugger who finished in the 98th percentile of hard-hit rate, exit velocity, xwOBA, and xSLG. Despite logging a .282 xBA for the third straight year, his actual average dropped from .287 and .288 to .256. Even if he merely splits the difference and reverts to .270, he'd be a better version of Rhys Hoskins going multiple rounds later. So what if he doesn't have a position? Were you planning on leaving a utility spot empty?

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Nelson Cruz agrees to one-year deal with Twins

The Twins and Nelson Cruz have agreed to a one-year deal with a club option for 2020. The deal is worth $14 million and the option is worth $12 million with a $300,000 buyout.

Fantasy Impact

Despite Cruz's advanced age, he continued to produce last season, hitting 37 home runs with 97 RBI. He'll DH for the Twins and although he'll play primarily in a pitcher's park, it's hardly a downgrade from Seattle. There are warning signs abound for Cruz, as he played in his fewest games since 2013 (when he was suspended) and saw most of his indicators decline. But he still seems capable of popping 40 balls over the wall, making him a fine mid-range pick despite his DH-only eligibility.

Dan Harris8 weeks ago
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Projections
(2019 Season)
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ABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
53785146241381095613510.272.341.531.873
Batting Stats
SeasonTeamGAMESABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016SEA1555899616927143105621592.287.360.555.915
2017SEA1555569116028039119701401.288.375.549.924
2018SEA144519701331813797551221.256.342.509.851
History
Game Log
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GameOPPScoreABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBAVGOBPOPS
Sun, Sep 30vs. TEXW, 1-32000000020.000.000.000
Sat, Sep 29vs. TEXW, 1-44000000000.000.000.000
Fri, Sep 28vs. TEXW, 6-123111001210.333.6001.000
Thu, Sep 27vs. TEXL, 2-04000000030.000.000.000
Game Schedule
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GameOpp. Pitcher
DateOppTimePitcherThrowsVBRMatchup