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23 Nelson Cruz DH

Minnesota Twins

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
98%27%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
32332.29476590
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2018SEA1445197013337975512210.342.509.256
2019MIN87323599532764110101.384.650.294

Player Updates

August 18, 2019 05:20 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Could be back Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Rocco Baldelli said it's "definitely a possibility" that Cruz (wrist) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Monday when first eligible, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Before rendering a decision on Cruz's status, the Twins' training staff will likely re-evaluate him during a workout early Monday. Even if he requires an additional day or two to heal from the wrist issue, Cruz should immediately step back in as the Twins' full-time designated hitter whenever he's formally activated. The 39-year-old had been enjoying a massive heater prior to being shut down by the left wrist strain, as he had gone yard 16 times in his 25 games since the All-Star break while maintaining a .333/.429/.900 slash line.

August 16, 2019 07:28 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Return appears imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) felt strong after taking batting practice on the field Friday, and he could return from the injured list shortly after the 10-day minimum, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

Cruz was placed on the IL a week ago due to a left wrist sprain, though he's already progressing quickly through his rehab. He's eligible to be activated Monday, and assuming all goes well over the weekend, he should be back with the team early next week.

August 12, 2019 12:28 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Begins hitting program Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) will not require surgery and will resume baseball activities Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

He was examined by Dr. Thomas Graham in New York and it was determined that there is no damage other than the ruptured tendon in his left wrist. Cruz will begin a hitting program this week, which suggests he could return before the end of the month.

August 9, 2019 05:20 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left wrist strain.

Cruz sustained the injury on a swing during the fourth inning of Thursday's contest, and it appears to be an aggravation of the same injury that sent him to the shelf in May. The veteran slugger missed about three weeks with the previous injury, but it's unclear how long he's expected to be sidelined this time around. He's slated to see a specialist Monday and noted that he has some type of tear in his wrist, per Dan Hayes of The Athletic. Right-hander Cody Stashak was recalled from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.

August 8, 2019 10:36 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Suffers wrist strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz was diagnosed with a left wrist strain after leaving Thursday's game against the Indians, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

The team is labeling Cruz as day-to-day following his removal from Thursday's matchup. He figures to be evaluated Friday morning before the Twins announce his availability for the weekend.

August 8, 2019 09:36 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Leaves with wrist injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz left Thursday night's game against the Indians due to a left wrist injury, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

Cruz appeared to suffer the injury on a swing, and after being examined by the team trainer, he was pulled from the contest. This is a concerning development for Cruz, who missed time earlier this season with an injury to the same wrist. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.

August 7, 2019 07:36 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Power surge continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in Tuesday's 12-7 loss to Atlanta.

It's the 39-year-old's third multi-homer game in his last nine starts, and Cruz is hitting .357 (30-for-84) with an incredible 16 homers and 30 RBI in 23 games since the All-Star break. The rampage has pushed his slash line on the year to .300/.389/.662 with 32 home runs and 76 RBI through 85 games.

August 4, 2019 01:52 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Smashes three homers again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-4 with three home runs and five RBI in an 11-3 victory against the Royals on Saturday.

Cruz is the only player in major-league history with multiple three-homer games after turning 39. He posted his first hat trick after that birthday just 10 days ago. Cruz has been on a real power spree, going deep 12 times since the All-Star break, and in the last 10 games, he's also raised his average 25 points to .295. He has 30 home runs, 72 RBI and 56 runs in 305 at-bats this season.

August 3, 2019 01:56 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Drives in five in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and five RBI in Friday's 11-9 win over the Royals.

His two-run blast in the first inning got the ball rolling on a huge night for the veteran slugger, and he was clearly itching for action after sitting on the bench during a three-game series in Miami without the DH spot available. Cruz is now slashing .289/.382/.621 with 27 homers and 67 RBI in 81 games this year.

August 1, 2019 09:48 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Remains on bench with no DH spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.

Cruz unsurprisingly sits for the third day in a row with no designated hitter spot available in Miami. The veteran should be the Twins' top pinch-hitting option if one is needed at any point in the series finale. Expect Cruz to check back into the lineup Friday and start all three of the Twins' games versus Kansas City this weekend.

July 31, 2019 03:12 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: No spot in NL park
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz remains on the bench Wednesday against the Marlins.

Cruz will sit with no designated hitter spot available under National League rules. He'd played a handful of games in the outfield over the last two seasons but hasn't received any innings in the field this year with Minnesota. Expect that pattern to continue for the final game in Miami on Thursday.

July 30, 2019 01:56 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Not starting in NL park
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

Cruz hasn't seen any usage in the outfield at all in 2019, and with the Twins not short on impact bats either, it wouldn't be surprising if the 39-year-old was limited to a pinch-hitting role for all three games in Miami with no designated hitter available. Cruz will likely serve as the DH in each of the Twins' three games versus Kansas City over the weekend, but three starts' worth of action might not be enough for his fantasy managers to justify including him in their lineups this week.

July 27, 2019 08:12 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Homer barrage continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in Friday's 6-2 win over the White Sox.

The veteran slugger has now gone yard in five straight games, six of the last seven and seven of the last 10, posting a mammoth .375/.457/1.050 slash line with nine homers and 13 RBI over that 10-game stretch. Cruz's power surge has helped the Twins become the fastest team in MLB history to 200 home runs in a season, while boosting his own numbers to 26 homers, 60 RBI and a .988 OPS -- his best performance in that category since he became a full-time player in 2009.

July 26, 2019 11:52 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Cranks three homers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI in Thursday's 10-3 rout of the White Sox.

As if he couldn't get any hotter, Cruz tallied a three-homer game for the first time in his career. The slugger crushed a 435-foot blast in the first inning, a two-run shot in the third and another two-run blast in the fifth to cap off another ridiculous night at the plate. According to Baseball Prospectus, Cruz is now the 10th player in major league history to notch a three-homer game after turning 39. Meanwhile, Cruz has homered six times over the last four contests, raising his season slash line to .278/.370/.599 with 58 RBI and 49 runs scored.

July 25, 2019 02:00 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Belts 22nd homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and another run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

Cruz notched his 22nd homer of the year, a solo shot off Nestor Cortes Jr. in the fifth inning. He'd also crossed the plate with the Twins' first run of the game on a two-run homer by Eddie Rosario in the first inning. The 39-year-old has now gone deep four times over the last five games, upping his season slash line to .272/.366/.566 with 53 RBI and 46 runs scored.

July 24, 2019 11:32 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Enjoying homer binge
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 1-for-5 with a solo home run -- his 21st of the season -- and an additional run in Tuesday's 14-12 loss to the Yankees in 10 innings.

Cruz has gone deep three times in the Twins' last four games, boosting his season OPS to .919. That mark is roughly on par with what Cruz posted over his previous four campaigns with the Mariners, assuaging any concerns about any decline setting in during his age-39 season.

July 21, 2019 12:12 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Smacks 19th homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Athletics.

Cruz took Brett Anderson deep in the first inning to record his 19th home run of the season. The effort extended his hitting streak to a modest four games and also marked his third long since the All-Star break. The 39-year-old continues to perform well at the plate and is currently hitting .270/.363/.548 across 303 plate appearances.

July 6, 2019 03:40 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: In Saturday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (heel) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

Right heel discomfort forced Cruz from Friday's game in the fourth inning, but apparently it was a minor issue as Cruz will not even miss a start. As the three-hole hitter, Cruz will look to build upon his already-impressive track record against Rangers starter Jesse Chavez (8-for-18, four homers).

July 5, 2019 10:48 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Exits with right heel soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz left Friday's game in the fourth inning with right heel discomfort, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

Miguel Sano replaced him in lineup. The move was called precautionary, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out the final two games before the All-Star break if it's still bothering him Saturday.

July 4, 2019 10:20 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Collects three hits
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Thursday against the Athletics.

Cruz returned to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday's contest and recorded his third game with three or more hits in his past seven starts. He's also flashed plenty of power in that span, collecting three doubles and three home runs with seven runs scored and 10 RBI. Overall, he's hitting .286/.371/.567 across 256 plate appearances.

Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Texas910 .273 .222 .111
vs RHP2427119 .378 .595 .293
Last 7 Games
  OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SB
8/2KC4231510
8/3KC4333500
8/4KC3000010
8/5ATL4110000
8/6ATL5242400
8/7ATL4000010
8/8CLE2000000
Two Week Schedule
AUGUST
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
11
CLE
L3-7
12
13
@MIL
W7-5
14
@MIL
L5-6
15
@TEX
W13-6
16
@TEX
W4-3
17
@TEX
W12-7
18
@TEX
3:05 pm
19
CHW
8:10 pm
20
CHW
8:10 pm
21
CHW
1:10 pm
22
23
DET
8:10 pm
24
DET
7:10 pm
Fantasy Points by Week
22

3

29

19

21

7

0
0
0
26

23

11

37

7

25

57

36

16

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Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2005MIL8511002000 .429 .400 .200
2006TEX41130152962273210 .261 .385 .223
2007TEX963073572934218724 .287 .384 .235
2008TEX311151938726172831 .421 .609 .330
2009TEX12846275120337649118204 .332 .524 .260
2010TEX1083996012722783881174 .374 .576 .318
2011TEX1244756412529873311695 .312 .509 .263
2012TEX1595858615224904814084 .319 .460 .260
2013TEX1094134911027763510951 .327 .506 .266
2014BAL15961387166401085514045 .333 .525 .271
2015SEA1525909017844935916432 .369 .566 .302
2016SEA15558996169431056215920 .360 .555 .287
2017SEA15555691160391197014011 .375 .549 .288
2018SEA1445197013337975512210 .342 .509 .256
2019MIN87323599532764110101 .384 .650 .294
Total 165660818971675392108759215377632 .344 .525 .275
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2005MILOF81440001.000
2006TEXOF393573694011.000
2007TEXOF9479178167651 .972
2008TEXOF31317572121 .973
2009TEXOF1221193163011142 .987
2010TEXOF101101258250351 .981
2011TEXOF115114256244661 .977
2012TEXOF151148301288942 .987
2013TEXOF102102199195130 .985
2014BALOF70701341322001.000
2015SEAOF8080161151641 .975
2016SEAOF48487976211 .987
2017SEAOF55770001.000
2018SEAOF44660001.000
Total  97093720471962513411 .983
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2005MIL10200000
2006TEX305010001
2007TEX15211811215
2008TEX917000121
2009TEX21124220269
2010TEX313230611512
2011TEX28124230218
2012TEX45026940527
2013TEX180209404214
2014BAL322322505817
2015SEA22133410596
2016SEA271327709515
2017SEA2803057012715
2018SEA1812643014515
2019MIN19021010728
Total 3171331944526955133
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2010TEX1660131961131710 .349 .733 .317
2011TEX1762131481671401 .314 .645 .226
2012TEX1402000000 .500 .500 .500
2014BAL728510272500 .400 .607 .357
Total 4115431451634123611 .347 .669 .292
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
1998 R-Ny Mets307010190011372160 .363 .314 .271
1999 R-Ny Mets-2361152032411211627140 .366 .357 .278
1999 R-Ny Mets35907184101162161 .255 .267 .200
2000 R-Mets E69259609114415803356174 .434 .610 .351
2001 R-Athletics238811223131642963 .283 .409 .250
2002 A-Vancouver632142359140425958121 .316 .397 .276
2003 A-Kane County11947065112262208529128105 .292 .430 .238
2004AAA-Sacramento4134310121700 .286 .538 .231
2004 AA-Midland6726251821421445266983 .377 .542 .313
2004 A-Modesto6626154902711152247384 .407 .582 .345
2005AAA-Nashville6020833561301127306294 .382 .490 .269
2005 AA-Huntsville68248457619016543171103 .388 .577 .306
2006AAA-Nashville10437168112221207342100176 .378 .528 .302
2007AAA-Oklahoma441623257911545213412 .428 .698 .352
2008AAA-Oklahoma1033839313118337995687248 .429 .695 .342
2008 R-Rangers141110012100 .500 .500 .250
2009AAA-Oklahoma City3100000001510 .091 .000 .000
2010AA-Frisco Roughriders3111410011--10 .385 .455 .364
2010AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw5191410042500 .273 .263 .211
2011AA-Frisco Roughriders3111210011--00 .250 .273 .182
2011AAA-Round Rock Express3113500342100 .5381.273 .455
Total 90932805839761921717265934485515044 .369 .524 .298
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/230
Birthdate:
7/1/1980
Age:
39
Hometown:
Las Matas de Santa Cruz, DR
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Minnesota Twins
College:

MLB Experience:
15
Awards:

2011: AL LCS MVP
2014: AL Home Run Champion
2017: AL RBI Leader