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#23
Nelson Cruz
AVG HR RBI
.273 29 75
Team: BaltimoreHt / Wt: 6-2 / 230 NFBC ADP: 151.29
Position: LFBorn: 7/1/1980 Birthplace: Las Matas de Santa Cruz, DR
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: Undrafted by Mets (1998)


Latest News
July 26 3:21 PM PT4:21 PM MT5:21 PM CT6:21 PM ET18:21 ET22:21 GMT6:21 3:21 PM MST5:21 PM EST5:51 PM VEN2:21 UAE (+1)5:21 PM CT-Cruz hit his 29th home run of the season in a 2-1 win at Seattle on Friday.
Analysis: After Cruz had been 5 for 37 during a 10-game home-run drought, owners are hoping he heats up again following Friday's dinger.
July 24 1:15 PM PT2:15 PM MT3:15 PM CT4:15 PM ET16:15 ET20:15 GMT4:15 1:15 PM MST3:15 PM EST3:45 PM VEN0:15 UAE (+1)3:15 PM CT-Cruz went 0 for 4 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Cruz is in a 5-for-40 slump with 12 strikeouts. The player whose Twitter handle is @ncboomstick23 hasn't seen his stick go boom much these days. He's been a bust of late.
July 8 12:41 PM PT1:41 PM MT2:41 PM CT3:41 PM ET15:41 ET19:41 GMT3:41 12:41 PM MST2:41 PM EST3:11 PM VEN23:41 UAE2:41 PM CT-Cruz had three hits with his 28th homer Monday.
Analysis: Cruz is sizzling with 11 hits in his last 16 at-bats. He's simply a fantasy sensation.
July 7 2:08 PM PT3:08 PM MT4:08 PM CT5:08 PM ET17:08 ET21:08 GMT5:08 2:08 PM MST4:08 PM EST4:38 PM VEN1:08 UAE (+1)4:08 PM CT-Cruz was 3 for 6 with his 17th double in Sunday's 7-6 win at Boston.
Analysis: Cruz was 8 for 11 over his last two games with four extra-base hits after going 4 for 34 with no extra-base hits over his previous nine games.
July 6 1:00 PM PT2:00 PM MT3:00 PM CT4:00 PM ET16:00 ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 PM MST3:00 PM EST3:30 PM VEN0:00 UAE (+1)3:00 PM CT-After going 0 for 4 in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader with Boston, Cruz was 5 for 5 with his 27th home run of the year in the nightcap.
Analysis: Cruz, who is tied with Chicago's Jose Abreu for the major league lead in homers, has six over his last 17 games.
June 26 2:12 PM PT3:12 PM MT4:12 PM CT5:12 PM ET17:12 ET21:12 GMT5:12 2:12 PM MST4:12 PM EST4:42 PM VEN1:12 UAE (+1)4:12 PM CT-Cruz hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning Wednesday night.
Analysis: Cruz launched an opposite-field drive that barely cleared the wall in right field. It was his 24th home run, the second grand slam of the season and eighth of his career.
June 22 11:43 AM PT12:43 PM MT1:43 PM CT2:43 PM ET14:43 ET18:43 GMT2:43 11:43 AM MST1:43 PM EST2:13 PM VEN22:43 UAE1:43 PM CT-Cruz hit his 23rd home run Saturday.
Analysis: Cruz has a tough matchup Sunday against Yankees stud Masahiro Tanaka.
June 16 3:05 PM PT4:05 PM MT5:05 PM CT6:05 PM ET18:05 ET22:05 GMT6:05 3:05 PM MST5:05 PM EST5:35 PM VEN2:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT-Cruz went 3 for 3 with an RBI in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Toronto.
Analysis: Cruz had gone 6 for 36 with just one extra-base hit over his previous 10 games.
June 1 12:54 PM PT1:54 PM MT2:54 PM CT3:54 PM ET15:54 ET19:54 GMT3:54 12:54 PM MST2:54 PM EST3:24 PM VEN23:54 UAE2:54 PM CT-Cruz left Sunday's game against the Houston Astros after being hit on the left hand by a pitch in the third inning. The team didn't have any immediate details on the injury.
Analysis: Cruz entered the game hitting .315 and has a major league-leading 20 homers and 52 RBIs.
May 29 3:36 PM PT4:36 PM MT5:36 PM CT6:36 PM ET18:36 ET22:36 GMT6:36 3:36 PM MST5:36 PM EST6:06 PM VEN2:36 UAE (+1)5:36 PM CT-Cruz crushed two more home runs in Wednesday's win in Milwaukee.
Analysis: Cruz is batting .469 with seven home runs, five doubles, 13 runs scored and 11 RBIs in nine games. His OPS in that time is a ridiculous 1.842.
May 26 10:22 AM PT11:22 AM MT12:22 PM CT1:22 PM ET13:22 ET17:22 GMT1:22 10:22 AM MST12:22 PM EST12:52 PM VEN21:22 UAE12:22 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 4 with a home run in Sunday's win over Cleveland.
Analysis: The Baltimore slugger has homered four times with seven RBIs while batting .455 on a six-game hitting streak.
May 22 3:29 PM PT4:29 PM MT5:29 PM CT6:29 PM ET18:29 ET22:29 GMT6:29 3:29 PM MST5:29 PM EST5:59 PM VEN2:29 UAE (+1)5:29 PM CT-Cruz went 3 for 5 with three RBIs in Wednesday's loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: After a quiet stretch, Cruz is again driving in runs in bunches with 11 in his last seven games.
May 15 3:35 PM PT4:35 PM MT5:35 PM CT6:35 PM ET18:35 ET22:35 GMT6:35 3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST6:05 PM VEN2:35 UAE (+1)5:35 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs in Wednesday's loss to Detroit.
Analysis: He had gone 1 for 10 in his previous three games with just one RBI in eight games.
May 11 10:31 AM PT11:31 AM MT12:31 PM CT1:31 PM ET13:31 ET17:31 GMT1:31 10:31 AM MST12:31 PM EST1:01 PM VEN21:31 UAE12:31 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 5 with a jack on Saturday.
Analysis: Cruz has 10 HRs and 30 RBIs.
May 3 2:03 PM PT3:03 PM MT4:03 PM CT5:03 PM ET17:03 ET21:03 GMT5:03 2:03 PM MST4:03 PM EST4:33 PM VEN1:03 UAE (+1)4:03 PM CT-Cruz turned in another solid fantasy effort Friday.
Analysis: Cruz was 2 for 4 with a two-run jack. He has recorded 21 of his 27 RBIs on the road so he thrives on hostile atmospheres.
Apr. 28 2:51 PM PT3:51 PM MT4:51 PM CT5:51 PM ET17:51 ET21:51 GMT5:51 2:51 PM MST4:51 PM EST5:21 PM VEN1:51 UAE (+1)4:51 PM CT-Cruz hit his seventh homer of the season and fifth in eight games Sunday against Kansas City.
Analysis: Cruz is slugging .813 over his last eight games with 14 RBIs.
Apr. 25 10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT-Cruz stayed hot with two more hits in Thursday's 11-4 win at Toronto.
Analysis: Cruz is now batting .414 with four homers and a whopping 16 RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
Apr. 24 10:42 AM PT11:42 AM MT12:42 PM CT1:42 PM ET13:42 ET17:42 GMT1:42 10:42 AM MST12:42 PM EST1:12 PM VEN21:42 UAE12:42 PM CT-Cruz had five RBIs and two hits Wednesday.
Analysis: Cruz is trying to become the first Orioles player to have RBIs in 7 straight games since Mark Reynolds from Sept. 15-22, 2012.
Apr. 23 12:11 PM PT1:11 PM MT2:11 PM CT3:11 PM ET15:11 ET19:11 GMT3:11 12:11 PM MST2:11 PM EST2:41 PM VEN23:11 UAE2:11 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer in a 9-3 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Cruz, now batting .290, is 10 for 29 (.345) with 10 RBIs in his last seven games. He's 7 for 17 (.412) with two homers and seven RBIs in his past four.
Apr. 1 1:12 PM PT2:12 PM MT3:12 PM CT4:12 PM ET16:12 ET20:12 GMT4:12 1:12 PM MST3:12 PM EST3:42 PM VEN0:12 UAE (+1)3:12 PM CT-Cruz celebrated his Orioles debut with a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning of Monday's season-opening 2-1 win over Boston.
Analysis: Cruz finished the day 1 for 2 with two runs and a walk. He could be in for a big season in Baltimore.
Mar. 27 5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET20:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST8:00 PM VEN4:30 UAE (+1)6:30 PM CT-Cruz left Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay in the fourth inning after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Alex Cobb.
Analysis: Cruz fell after being hit on the first pitch, but quickly got up. He immediately walked off the field after being attended to by team trainers.
Feb. 22 1:15 PM PT2:15 PM MT3:15 PM CT4:15 PM ET16:15 ET21:15 GMT5:15 2:15 PM MST4:15 PM EST4:45 PM VEN1:15 UAE (+1)3:15 PM CT-Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized an $8 million, one-year contract, a deal that puts him on track to become the team's regular designated hitter.
Analysis: The 33-year-old, who served a 50-game suspension last year for violating baseball's drug agreement, can earn an additional $750,000 in bonuses based on days on the active 25-man roster: $150,000 each for 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180.

Regular Season

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2005 Mil 8 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .200 .429 .400
2006 Tex 41 130 15 29 3 0 6 22 7 32 1 0 .223 .261 .385
2007 Tex 96 307 35 72 15 2 9 34 21 87 2 4 .235 .287 .384
2008 Tex 31 115 19 38 9 1 7 26 17 28 3 1 .330 .421 .609
2009 Tex 128 462 75 120 21 1 33 76 49 118 20 4 .260 .332 .524
2010 Tex 108 399 60 127 31 3 22 78 38 81 17 4 .318 .374 .576
2011 Tex 124 475 64 125 28 1 29 87 33 116 9 5 .263 .312 .509
2012 Tex 159 585 86 152 45 0 24 90 48 140 8 4 .260 .319 .460
2013 Tex 109 413 49 110 18 0 27 76 35 109 5 1 .266 .327 .506
2014 Bal 103 392 60 107 18 0 29 75 41 89 3 4 .273 .344 .541
Career 907 3283 464 881 189 8 186 564 291 800 68 27 .268 .329 .501

Postseason

Hitting Statistics
Year Team Round G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2010 Tex Total 16 60 13 19 7 0 6 11 3 17 1 0 .317 .349 .733
    LDS 5 20 5 8 2 0 3 3 0 6 1 0 .400 .400 .950
    LCS 6 20 6 7 3 0 2 5 3 6 0 0 .350 .435 .800
    WS 5 20 2 4 2 0 1 3 0 5 0 0 .200 .200 .450
2011 Tex Total 17 62 13 14 2 0 8 16 7 14 0 1 .226 .314 .645
    LDS 4 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .067 .067 .067
    LCS 6 22 7 8 2 0 6 13 2 4 0 1 .364 .440 1.273
    WS 7 25 5 5 0 0 2 3 5 5 0 0 .200 .333 .440
2012 Tex Total 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
    WC 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Career 34 126 26 35 9 0 14 27 10 31 1 1 .278 .336 .683


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