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Tony Cruz C Cardinals

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Regular Season Totals
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
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Birth Date8-18-1986
Height5' 11"
Weight215 lbs
Age28 years, 4 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
0.22011
0.12012
-0.52013
-0.72014
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 SLN 24 38 72 65 8 17 5 0 0 22 6 13 1 0 0 6 0 1 .262 .333 .338 .255 2.2 -0.0 0.2
2012 SLN 25 51 131 126 11 32 9 1 1 46 3 19 0 2 0 11 0 1 .254 .267 .365 .223 0.3 0.5 0.1
2013 SLN 26 51 129 123 13 25 6 1 1 36 4 25 2 0 0 13 0 0 .203 .240 .293 .178 -4.2 -0.5 -0.5
2014 SLN 27 50 150 135 11 27 5 0 1 35 13 28 0 0 2 17 0 3 .200 .270 .259 .191 -5.5 -0.6 -0.7
Career19048244943101252313926853224705.225.271.310.206-7.2-0.7-0.9

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 QUD A 49 216 .291 .254 .328 .370 .260 .303 91 7.6 6.8 0.9 -3.4 0.8 14.6 1.1 14.6 1.1
2007 BAT A- 4 17 .334 .250 .330 .333 .253 .545 97 1.3 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.3 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2007 CRD Rk 7 34 .348 .252 .358 .365 .272 .480 102 3.1 1.0 0.1 0.3 0.8 5.9 0.6 5.9 0.6
2007 JCY Rk 6 27 .317 .247 .319 .359 .244 .238 100 1.8 0.9 0.1 1.6 -0.1 3.4 0.5 3.4 0.5
2008 PMB A+ 89 378 .271 .252 .323 .373 .251 .306 94 4.6 11.3 2.4 0.6 2.2 18.0 1.9 18.0 1.9
2009 SFD AA 110 444 .222 .266 .338 .395 .251 .254 117 -18.5 12.9 4.9 -0.1 1.1 8.5 0.9 8.5 0.9
2010 PMB A+ 46 202 .277 .249 .327 .369 .259 .338 89 3.4 5.5 2.9 0.7 -2.8 11.2 1.2 11.2 1.2
2010 SFD AA 40 169 .282 .262 .339 .399 .262 .325 109 4.1 4.9 1.7 0.1 -1.5 12.4 1.3 12.4 1.3
2010 MEM AAA 4 15 .213 .272 .342 .432 .267 .167 94 -2.1 1.2 0.7 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 SLN MLB 38 72 .255 .255 .324 .406 .265 .327 96 -0.4 1.9 0.6 -0.0 -0.0 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2011 MEM AAA 45 164 .243 .276 .354 .430 .265 .304 96 -3.3 5.1 2.9 -0.7 -0.5 4.1 0.3 4.1 0.3
2012 SLN MLB 51 131 .223 .255 .317 .398 .259 .287 99 -4.8 3.6 2 0.5 -0.8 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1
2013 SLN MLB 51 129 .178 .242 .309 .377 .252 .247 101 -10.2 3.4 1.8 -0.5 0.7 -4.2 -0.5 -4.2 -0.5
2014 SLN MLB 50 150 .191 .253 .312 .384 .261 .245 102 -9.7 3.9 2.2 -0.6 -0.2 -5.5 -0.7 -5.5 -0.7
2014 SFD AA 2 5 .144 .233 .320 .296 .244 .333 101 -0.6 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 JCY Rk 27 2 7 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 .280 .333 .600 .320 .317 3.4 1.6 0.5
2007 QUD A 216 26 55 10 1 5 34 17 25 3 1 .282 .343 .421 .138 .291 14.6 -3.4 1.1
2007 CRD Rk 34 8 12 5 0 0 4 1 7 1 0 .375 .394 .531 .156 .348 5.9 0.3 0.6
2007 BAT A- 17 2 6 1 0 0 4 0 5 0 0 .375 .412 .438 .062 .334 2.9 0.2 0.3
2008 PMB A+ 378 41 98 22 3 8 58 19 50 3 0 .279 .319 .427 .148 .271 18.0 0.6 1.9
2009 SFD AA 444 44 89 25 2 10 48 34 85 1 0 .220 .281 .366 .146 .222 8.5 -0.1 0.9
2010 SFD AA 169 26 43 10 0 6 20 17 30 0 0 .289 .363 .477 .188 .282 12.4 0.1 1.3
2010 MEM AAA 15 2 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 .214 .267 .429 .214 .213 0.4 0.0 0.0
2010 PMB A+ 202 21 51 16 1 1 25 19 33 0 2 .282 .348 .398 .116 .277 11.2 0.7 1.2
2011 MEM AAA 164 13 39 5 1 4 25 11 31 0 1 .262 .315 .389 .128 .243 4.1 -0.7 0.3
2011 SLN MLB 72 8 17 5 0 0 6 6 13 0 1 .262 .333 .338 .077 .255 2.2 -0.0 0.2
2012 SLN MLB 131 11 32 9 1 1 11 3 19 0 1 .254 .267 .365 .111 .223 0.3 0.5 0.1
2013 SLN MLB 129 13 25 6 1 1 13 4 25 0 0 .203 .240 .293 .089 .178 -4.2 -0.5 -0.5
2014 SFD AA 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .144 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
2014 SLN MLB 150 11 27 5 0 1 17 13 28 0 3 .200 .270 .259 .059 .191 -5.5 -0.6 -0.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 241 0.5560 0.5311 0.8281 0.6716 0.3551 0.9000 0.6579 0.1719
2012 404 0.5495 0.5347 0.8380 0.6982 0.3352 0.9290 0.6066 0.1620
2013 455 0.5011 0.5143 0.8120 0.6798 0.3480 0.8710 0.6962 0.1838
2014 580 0.4724 0.4844 0.8357 0.6460 0.3366 0.9153 0.6990 0.1643
Career16800.51070.51130.82870.67140.3420.90440.67010.1701

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-08-15 2013-09-01 15-DL 17 16 Left Forearm Stress Fracture - -
2010-08-09 2010-08-30 Minors 21 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-07-17 2008-09-05 Minors 50 0 Left Wrist Strain Tendon - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 SLN $
2014 SLN $521,000
2013 SLN $503,000
2012 SLN $481,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$984,000
2011Current$521,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,505,000
3 yrTotal$1,505,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 105 dWasserman Media Group1 year/$0.521M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.521M (2014). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.503M (2013). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.481M (2012). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/29/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by St. Louis 11/17/10. Re-signed by St. Louis 2/11.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2007 (26-802) (Palm Beach CC, Fla.).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .151 .201 .192 .138
11 vs R (Multi) .234 .290 .323 .217
18 Split (Multi) .083 .089 .131 .079
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.016 -.025 -.039 -.021
30 vs L (2014) .158 .238 .184 .153
31 vs R (2014) .216 .283 .289 .206
38 Split (2014) .059 .045 .104 .053
39 LgAvg (2014) -.016 -.025 -.036 -.021

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BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5Mike Gianella2014-10-17
Skewed Left: The Molina Mind-benderZachary Levine2014-10-16
The Week in Quotes: October 6-12th, 2014Nick Bacarella2014-10-13
The Week in Quotes: October 6-12th, 2014Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-10-13
The Week in Quotes: October 6-12th, 2014Chris Mosch2014-10-13
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Managing in a 'Must-Not-Lose': NLCS Game 2Mike Gianella2014-10-13
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad WorldR.J. Anderson2014-10-13
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. CardinalsR.J. Anderson2014-10-11
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This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 19, 2014Chris Mosch2014-09-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part Two: National LeagueMike Gianella2014-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 29, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23Wilson Karaman2014-08-29
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BP Unfiltered: Scouting Martin Maldonado as a PitcherDan Rozenson2014-05-02
Framing the Future: Catcher Framing Projections for 2014Harry Pavlidis2014-03-31
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The Lineup Card: 12 Free Agents Who Are Likely to Be BargainsBaseball Prospectus2013-11-13
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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 8/23Ben Lindbergh2013-08-26
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any info on the Cardinals' attempts to develop an in-house catching backup for Yadier Molina who's better than Tony Cruz (which isn't a very high bar)? Does Carson Kelly have a realistic chance of becoming adequate? Are there others I don't know about? Yadi isn't going to last forever...
(Bill from New Mexico)
I do think Kelly has some potential to help at the MLB level, but it could still take a while for him to get there. I've heard encouraging reports on the early progress he's made behind the plate, and I there is hope for the bat. Kelly may arrive in time to help the transition from Molina, but I'm not sure he's going to be ready in time to be a viable backup instead of Cruz in the short term. (Mark Anderson)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2011 879 -16 -1.4 -11.4 481 -0.3 -0.1 -1.4 -1.5 -12.8
2012 2456 -14 -1.1 -3.2 1429 -0.2 -0.1 -0.3 -1.2 -3.5
2013 2423 -6 -0.1 -0.3 1419 1.7 0.4 2.0 0.3 1.7
2014 2682 -57 -6.9 -18.0 1580 -4.0 -1.1 -5.0 -8.0 -23.0
total 8440 -93 -9.2 -7.6 4909 -2.2 -0.7 -1.0 -9.9 -8.6

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