2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Nelson Cruz
Greg Jewett brings you the full rundown on what fantasy baseball owners should expect from Nelson Cruz in 2019 now that he's with the the Minnesota Twins.
Representing one of baseball’s most consistent power sources over the last five years in baseball, Nelson Cruz continues to be underrated by fantasy players. In most formats, Cruz will be limited to a utility spot on the roster, but, overlooking his ability to get on base along with driving in runs reflects in his present NFBC average draft position of 125 seems like a steep bargain.
Cruz played through some soft tissue injuries last season, but still accrued 519 at-bats in 144 games with Seattle. He scored 70 runs with 37 home runs, 97 RBI, stole a base and recorded a .256/.342/.509 slash line. While Cruz maintained a strong isolated power (.252), his BABIP cratered to .264 causing his average to plummet.
Using Statcast data, Cruz defied the aging process finishing 11th in barrels per plate appearance (9.3), 15th in fly ball and line drive exit velocity (97.2 MPH). Cruz rated seventh overall in terms of hard hit percentage on the site with 205 of his 400 batted ball events...