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January 2, 2014

Hot Stove Scouting Report

Nelson Cruz

by Ryan Parker


See our introduction to the Hot Stove Scouting Report series here.

Player Name: Nelson Cruz

Date Filed: 12/26/2013

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Primary Pos

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R

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RF

NA

Swing Breakdown

Unique set of mechanics. Very rotational for a right-handed hitter. Upright and open stance where he lays the bat flat across his shoulders, only raising the bat once the swing initiates. Some years the back elbow is extremely high and other years the elbow is even with his shoulders. Will tinker with both his hands and stride. He is one of the few big leaguers strong enough to nearly wrap the bat behind his head and still catch up to major-league fastballs. In the start of 2013 Cruz used a high leg lift but scratched this in favor of his traditional stride of setting the front foot down on his toes very early in the swing. Great balance and strength allow him to have some mechanical issues in his swing and still hammer baseballs. Tends to sit back on balls.

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