Latest Update Nelson Cruz blasted his 35th home run of the season while adding a walk in the Orioles win over the Twins on Sunday at Camden Yards. Sun Aug, 31, 05:57 PM
A bona fide top-tier power hitter with good size, a powerful swing and nice follow through, he also can run a little. Has the arm to play right field, but can also play left field.
Flaws: : Is somewhat injury-prone, especially his legs/groins. Takes a huge cut and can be all-or-nothing at the plate (hitting a homer or striking out), so he'd benefit by shortening his swing at times.
Cruz continues to crush the ball this season and has rewarded those greatly who took a chance on him in the draft. He has a chance to reach 40 homers and 100 runs batted in by the end of the season, and those are the numbers of a first round pick. Luckily enough for Cruz owners, they are getting first round value from a guy who was drafted nowhere near the first round. Continue starting Cruz with confidence.Analyst: Colby Conway
Given the fact that it was Cruz who allowed the Orioles and their fans to forget about the ugliness of Chris Davis' follow-up season, it would be wise for the team to try and negotiate a long-term deal. Cruz is currently batting .256 with 34 home runs and 88 RBI.Analyst: Howard Bender
The O's slugger has a below average hitter since lighting the world on fire in April and May. In fact, in the second half of the season he's slashing just .164/.243/.344 with six home runs. He's hit four home runs in the last two weeks, however, so there's still pulse. Analyst: Spencer Silva
Cruz was in a bit of a slump, batting just .219 in August, but has broken out in a big way the last couple of days, hitting three homers over his last four games. Cruz will remain a huge help in the power department for fantasy owners, and may actually see an average increase from his current .258, as it has been dragged down by a poor .263 BABIP. Analyst: Ben Diamond