Nelson Cruz Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 230 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/1/1980 (40)
Nelson Cruz Season Stats
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Nelson Cruz News
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz enjoyed his second two-homer game of the season in Wednesday's loss to Oakland. Cruz hit a couple of no-doubters- the first registered a 110.1 MPH exit velocity, the 63rd 110-plus MPH homer of his career, second to only Giancarlo Stanton. He now has six homers and a 1.142 OPS so far in 2021. Unfortunately, the 40-year-old slugger did have to exit the game late as he was in pain from a sore foot that was hit by a pitch in Tuesday's game. Cruz will get a much-needed day off on Thursday as the Twins travel back home for a three-game set against the Pirates, though fantasy managers will have to check for updates to see if he's in the lineup for Friday's game.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (foot) is good to go for Wednesday's game against the Athletics. Cruz was hit by a pitch on his foot in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, though he appears to have shaken off the issue quickly and will slot into his usual spot as the number-three hitter in the Minnesota order. The 40-year-old slugger is slashing .348/.396/.652 with four long balls and 19 combined runs and RBI through his first 15 games.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (foot) was hit on the foot by a pitch in the final inning of the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Athletics. Cruz limped off the field and was replaced by a pinch-runner. The veteran slugger, who went 0-for-5 against two left-handed pitchers, should be considered day-to-day. Cruz will be further evaluated on Wednesday ahead of the series finale with Oakland, per manager Rocco Baldelli.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz was his usual, reliable self last season providing fantasy managers plenty of power in the shortened campaign. The 40-year-old's name littered MLB batting leaderboards as he was top-10 in baseball in OPS (.992), wOBA (.441), and wRC (164). That translated into 16 homers and 33 RBI as Cruz continued to be a fantasy asset despite DH-only eligibility. A look at Cruz's advanced metrics shows no sign of decline in his advanced age. Cruz's 15-percent barrel rate was top-seventh percentile in baseball, yet was still a drop from the league-leading 19.9-percent mark he put up in 2019. His 93 MPH average exit velocity over the last two seasons is elite and justifies his absurd .624 slugging percentage in that span. Omitting 2020, Cruz has at least 37 homers in every season since 2014 and cleared the 100 RBI mark four times. His role as an everyday DH has clearly helped fend off Father Time as Cruz has been a staple in a loaded Twins lineup. He re-signed in Minnesota for the 2021 season and will bat third or fourth for a lineup that will provide plenty of run and RBI opportunities. DH-only eligibility hurts his fantasy stock a little, but that is baked into his average draft position of 98th overall. Draft Cruz with confidence as a four-category contributor.