Latest Update Cruz hits 32nd homer in win over Sox Tue Aug, 19, 02:37 AM
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 has been an absolute beast for the Orioles and is the main reason the team has been able to remain successful even with Chris Davis having a nightmarish year. His strikeout rate will likely keep him as a .260 hitter, but the power is real and he should be able to maintain his power stoke through the remainder of the season.Analyst: Howard Bender
Cruz is a man of streaks, and has recently started to heat back up after an extended slump. He has now logged four extra-base hits (2 HR) over his last three games while driving in six RBI in that stretch. Prior to Saturday's 30th home run, Cruz had just tow home runs since July 7, so hopefully his current production will last longer than his previous hot streak. Even if he continues to struggle, he remains a must-star tin all formats as he sits as one fo the best power hitters in the American League. Analyst: Matthew Beck
The Orioles look like geniuses for signing Cruz this season and those who drafted him in the later rounds back in February and March are as well. Cruz has done nothing but hit since the season began and he's now homered in three-straight games with four in his last five. He's in a great situation in Baltimore and the O's would be wise to lock him up. He and Adam Jones in the middle of that lineup is one of the major reasons the Orioles are where they are in the standings right now.Analyst: Howard Bender
Crus will take a seat to clear his head as he sits in an eight-game 1-for-28 slump. Maybe he'll be available to pinch hit, but for now, Delmon Young will serve as the DH with David Lough out in left field for Sunday's game against the Mariners.Analyst: Howard Bender