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Portrait of Juan Cruz

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 35)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
36.7 4.02 1.37 34 2 1 1 0.1
Birth Date10-15-1978
Height6' 2"
Weight170 lbs
Age36 years, 0 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.12010
0.52011
0.32012
2013
0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2001 CHN 22 8 8 44.7 44.7 0.0 3 1 0 0 4 0 185 40 16 16 4 58 17 16 2 39 3.22 3.70 4.32 6.6 0.6
2002 CHN 23 45 9 97.3 45.7 51.7 3 11 1 3 4 0 431 84 56 43 11 130 59 55 8 81 3.98 4.75 5.35 0.5 0.0
2003 CHN 24 25 6 61.0 33.0 28.0 2 7 0 1 3 0 284 66 44 41 7 103 28 28 7 65 6.05 4.06 4.82 8.0 0.8
2004 ATL 25 50 0 72.0 0.0 72.0 6 2 0 1 0 0 300 59 24 22 7 92 30 29 2 70 2.75 3.61 4.21 9.1 0.8
2005 OAK 26 28 0 32.7 0.0 32.7 0 3 0 0 0 0 159 38 33 27 5 64 22 18 4 34 7.44 5.35 6.08 -1.6 -0.2
2006 ARI 27 31 15 94.7 73.0 21.7 5 6 0 1 5 0 413 80 45 44 7 125 47 45 11 88 4.18 4.05 4.67 11.5 1.1
2007 ARI 28 53 0 61.0 0.0 61.0 6 1 0 0 0 0 262 45 28 21 7 80 32 29 5 87 3.10 3.64 3.45 12.5 1.3
2008 ARI 29 57 0 51.7 0.0 51.7 4 0 0 2 0 0 215 34 17 15 5 60 31 31 3 71 2.61 3.59 3.68 8.9 0.9
2009 KCA 30 46 0 50.3 0.0 50.3 3 4 2 4 0 0 219 46 34 32 6 77 29 28 1 38 5.72 4.97 6.01 -0.8 -0.1
2010 KCA 31 5 0 5.3 0.0 5.3 0 0 0 1 0 0 28 9 2 2 0 11 4 4 0 7 3.38 2.67 4.15 1.2 0.1
2011 TBA 32 56 0 48.7 0.0 48.7 5 0 0 1 0 0 200 36 21 21 5 60 28 26 0 46 3.88 4.23 3.85 4.5 0.5
2012 PIT 33 43 0 35.7 0.0 35.7 1 1 3 1 0 0 162 39 12 11 3 55 19 19 3 33 2.78 4.23 4.02 2.4 0.3
Career44738655.0196.3458.73836615160285857633229567915346328466594.054.154.5962.76.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1999 EUG A- 15 15 80.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LNS A 17 17 96.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DAY A+ 8 7 44.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CHN MLB 8 8 44.7 4.32 106 .239 .258 .316 .420 .254 .293 97 6.7 0.7 6.6 0.6
2001 WTN AA 23 23 121.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CHN MLB 45 9 97.3 5.35 80 .271 .255 .324 .402 .255 .268 99 0.4 0.0 0.5 0.0
2003 CHN MLB 25 6 61.0 4.82 100 .275 .253 .321 .404 .250 .333 104 7.2 0.7 8.0 0.8
2003 IOW AAA 9 9 50.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .263 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 lic Wnt 5 4 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 ATL MLB 50 0 72.0 4.21 104 .234 .262 .326 .417 .259 .272 94 8.0 0.8 9.1 0.8
2005 OAK MLB 28 0 32.7 6.08 68 .325 .261 .327 .415 .259 .351 97 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2005 SAC AAA 13 13 75.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.370 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 ARI MLB 31 15 94.7 4.67 104 .248 .263 .327 .419 .261 .281 99 12.8 1.2 11.5 1.1
2006 TUC AAA 1 1 3.1 2.84 140 .257 .253 .346 .411 .264 .400 103 1.4 0.1 2.0 0.2
2007 ARI MLB 53 0 61.0 3.45 130 .245 .270 .334 .422 .260 .292 102 12.3 1.2 12.5 1.3
2007 TUC AAA 1 0 2.0 0.37 194 .014 .248 .308 .396 .237 .000 114 1.3 0.1 1.1 0.1
2008 ARI MLB 57 0 51.7 3.68 120 .234 .274 .340 .423 .268 .276 99 8.9 0.9 8.9 0.9
2008 TUC AAA 2 2 3.0 2.55 158 .183 .256 .318 .420 .248 .375 121 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2009 KCA MLB 46 0 50.3 6.01 82 .260 .268 .336 .424 .262 .276 106 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2010 KCA MLB 5 0 5.3 4.15 119 .326 .264 .326 .419 .255 .529 114 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2011 TBA MLB 56 0 48.7 3.85 112 .241 .257 .321 .404 .260 .256 98 4.5 0.5 4.5 0.5
2011 PCH A+ 1 1 1.0 0.56 189 .314 .287 .350 .424 .264 .667 106 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2012 PIT MLB 43 0 35.7 4.02 103 .291 .253 .319 .395 .258 .346 96 2.4 0.3 2.4 0.3
2012 ALT AA 2 2 1.3 2.91 134 .437 .278 .354 .429 .281 .714 100 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2012 LIC Wnt 3 0 6.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .273 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1999 EUG A- 5 6 0 15 15 80.3 97 33 65 11 0% .000 10.9 3.7 1.2 7.3 1.62 5.94 0.0 0.0
2000 LNS A 5 5 0 17 17 96.0 75 60 106 6 0% .000 7.0 5.6 0.6 9.9 1.41 3.28 0.0 0.0
2000 DAY A+ 3 0 0 8 7 44.3 30 18 54 5 0% .000 6.1 3.7 1.0 11.0 1.08 3.25 0.0 0.0
2001 CHN MLB 3 1 0 8 8 44.7 40 17 39 4 54% .293 8.1 3.4 0.8 7.9 1.28 3.22 6.6 0.6
2001 WTN AA 9 6 0 23 23 121.3 107 60 137 6 0% .000 7.9 4.5 0.4 10.2 1.38 4.01 0.0 0.0
2002 CHN MLB 3 11 1 45 9 97.3 84 59 81 11 52% .268 7.8 5.5 1.0 7.5 1.47 3.98 0.5 0.0
2003 CHN MLB 2 7 0 25 6 61.0 66 28 65 7 45% .333 9.7 4.1 1.0 9.6 1.54 6.05 8.0 0.8
2003 IOW AAA 4 0 0 9 9 50.7 37 11 47 1 0% .263 6.6 2.0 0.2 8.3 0.95 1.95 0.0 0.0
2003 lic Wnt 3 0 0 5 4 26.0 14 8 33 0 0% .000 4.8 2.8 0.0 11.4 0.85 1.04 0.0 0.0
2004 ATL MLB 6 2 0 50 0 72.0 59 30 70 7 45% .272 7.4 3.8 0.9 8.8 1.24 2.75 9.1 0.8
2005 OAK MLB 0 3 0 28 0 32.7 38 22 34 5 43% .351 10.5 6.1 1.4 9.4 1.84 7.44 -1.6 -0.2
2005 SAC AAA 5 1 0 13 13 75.0 51 28 90 4 0% -.370 6.1 3.4 0.5 10.8 1.05 2.40 0.0 0.0
2006 TUC AAA 0 0 0 1 1 3.1 4 1 4 0 20% .400 11.6 2.9 0.0 11.6 1.61 2.90 2.0 0.2
2006 ARI MLB 5 6 0 31 15 94.7 80 47 88 7 43% .281 7.6 4.5 0.7 8.4 1.34 4.18 11.5 1.1
2007 ARI MLB 6 1 0 53 0 61.0 45 32 87 7 35% .292 6.6 4.7 1.0 12.8 1.26 3.10 12.5 1.3
2007 TUC AAA 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 0 0 5 0 100% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 22.5 0.00 0.00 1.1 0.1
2008 TUC AAA 0 0 0 2 2 3.0 3 0 4 0 25% .375 9.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 1.00 3.00 2.1 0.2
2008 ARI MLB 4 0 0 57 0 51.7 34 31 71 5 30% .276 5.9 5.4 0.9 12.4 1.26 2.61 8.9 0.9
2009 KCA MLB 3 4 2 46 0 50.3 46 29 38 6 26% .276 8.2 5.2 1.1 6.8 1.49 5.72 -0.8 -0.1
2010 KCA MLB 0 0 0 5 0 5.3 9 4 7 0 35% .529 15.2 6.8 0.0 11.8 2.44 3.38 1.2 0.1
2011 TBA MLB 5 0 0 56 0 48.7 36 28 46 5 37% .256 6.7 5.2 0.9 8.5 1.32 3.88 4.5 0.5
2011 PCH A+ 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 2 0 2 0 100% .667 18.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 2.00 0.00 1.0 0.1
2012 ALT AA 0 0 0 2 2 1.3 5 0 2 0 43% .714 33.8 0.0 0.0 13.5 3.75 13.50 1.1 0.1
2012 LIC Wnt 0 0 0 3 0 6.7 3 2 11 0 0% .273 4.0 2.7 0.0 14.8 0.75 0.00 0.0 0.0
2012 PIT MLB 1 1 3 43 0 35.7 39 19 33 3 39% .346 9.8 4.8 0.8 8.3 1.63 2.78 2.4 0.3

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
2008 942 0.4820 0.4660 0.6651 0.6498 0.2951 0.7424 0.5069 0.3349
2009 950 0.5095 0.4373 0.7855 0.6281 0.2382 0.8125 0.7117 0.2096
2010 109 0.5321 0.4037 0.7955 0.6379 0.1373 0.8108 0.7143 0.1818
2011 888 0.5158 0.4268 0.8047 0.5961 0.2465 0.8425 0.7075 0.1953
2012 671 0.5276 0.3970 0.7932 0.5508 0.2240 0.8462 0.6479 0.2068
Career35600.50790.43370.76020.61160.24960.80770.64450.2378

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-07-18 2012-08-12 15-DL 25 23 Right Shoulder Inflammation Bothered for Several Weeks - -
2012-04-01 2012-04-02 Camp 1 0 Right Forearm Contusion - -
2011-07-18 2011-08-01 15-DL 14 14 Right Groin Strain - -
2010-05-12 2010-05-12 FA 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Cyst Removal 2010-05-12
2009-08-06 2009-09-23 15-DL 48 44 Right Shoulder Strain -
2008-07-06 2008-08-02 15-DL 27 21 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-06-29 2008-07-03 DTD 4 4 Abdomen Soreness Oblique -
2008-05-29 2008-06-03 DTD 5 5 Neck Spasms -
2007-04-21 2007-05-11 15-DL 20 18 Right Upper Arm Strain Triceps -
2006-06-02 2006-07-03 15-DL 31 29 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2002-08-10 2002-08-25 15-DL 15 14 Right Upper Arm Fatigue -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 PHI $
2012 PIT $1,250,000
2011 TBA $850,000
2010 KCA $3,250,000
2009 KCA $2,250,000
2008 ARI $1,937,500
2007 ARI $1,437,500
2006 ARI $575,000
2005 OAK $600,000
2004 ATL $370,000
2003 CHN $340,000
2002 CHN $215,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$13,075,000
11 yrTotal$13,075,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 88 dScott Shapiro, Barry Praver1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 1/15/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2012). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 2/1/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. Contract purchased 4/4/12. Placed on restricted list 5/28/12. Activated from restricted list 6/1/12.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2011). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 2/3/11 (minor-league contract). $0.85M salary in majors. Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 3/30/11.
  • 2 years/$6M (2009-10), plus 2011 club option. 09:$2.25M, 10:$3.25M, 11:$4M club option $0.5M buyout. Signed as a free agent 2/28/09. Released 4/23/10.
  • 1 year/$1.9375M (2008). Re-signed 1/16/08 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.4375M (2007). Re-signed 1/07 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.575M (2006). Re-signed 1/06 (avoided arbitration). $50,000 in performance bonuses ($15,000 each for 45, 50 games. $20,000 for 55 games). Acquired in trade from Oakland 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2005) (lost arbitration 2/05, $0.86M-$0.6M). Acquired in trade from Atlanta 12/04. Acquired in trade from Chicago Cubs 3/04.
  • 1 year/$0.37M (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.34M (2003)

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 3.5 1.6 2 64 0 55.3 40 21 51 4 .264 1.09 2.81 3.05 9.4 1.0
80o 3 1.3 1.6 56 0 48.6 38 20 45 4 .280 1.18 3.21 3.49 5.4 0.6
70o 2.7 1.1 1.4 51 0 43.9 36 19 41 4 .292 1.25 3.51 3.81 3.1 0.3
60o 2.4 1 1.3 47 0 40.1 35 18 37 4 .302 1.31 3.76 4.09 1.4 0.1
50o 2.2 0.9 1.1 42 0 36.5 33 17 34 3 .312 1.37 4.01 4.35 0.0 0.0
40o 1.9 0.7 1 38 0 33.0 31 16 31 3 .321 1.43 4.25 4.62 -1.1 -0.1
30o 1.7 0.6 0.8 34 0 29.4 29 15 27 3 .331 1.49 4.52 4.92 -2.1 -0.2
20o 1.4 0.5 0.7 29 0 25.3 26 14 23 3 .344 1.57 4.85 5.27 -3.0 -0.3
10o 1.1 0.4 0.5 23 0 19.8 22 11 18 2 .360 1.69 5.30 5.77 -3.6 -0.4
Weighted Mean2.10.81.141035.73217333.3091.353.974.310.20.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
22% 39% 27% 21% 79%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153631261052482346636.3101.364.044.398.34.07.91.00.3
20163731157049452240536.3041.384.114.478.34.17.40.90.3
20173821147041391933536.3071.434.574.968.64.27.31.1-0.0
20183921138033331525436.3201.474.815.239.14.16.91.1-0.1
20194021143037371729436.3161.464.725.139.04.17.11.0-0.1
20204121143037371729436.3181.464.635.039.04.17.11.0-0.0
20214221140035351626436.3161.464.665.079.04.16.71.0-0.0
20224321134029301321336.3201.484.845.269.34.06.50.9-0.1
20234421136031321422436.3211.484.845.269.34.16.41.2-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
14.210.45.57.863.843.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 86)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 95 Troy Percival 2005 5.76
2 94 Luis Vizcaino 2010 0.00 DNP
3 93 Jim Gott 1995 7.47
4 93 Dave Veres 2002 3.70
5 92 Chad Durbin 2013 9.56
6 92 Pete Richert 1975 0.00 DNP
7 91 Mike Stanton 2002 3.23
8 91 Trever Miller 2008 4.36
9 91 Jay Howell 1991 3.35
10 91 Guillermo Mota 2009 3.44
11 91 Randy Myers 1998 4.92
12 90 Hoyt Wilhelm 1958 2.82
13 89 Jim Brewer 1973 3.39
14 89 Tug McGraw 1980 1.56
15 89 Norm Charlton 1998 5.44
16 89 Mike Lincoln 2010 7.32
17 89 Jeff Parrett 1997 0.00 DNP
18 89 Jeff Brantley 1999 6.23
19 89 Jeff Montgomery 1997 3.64
20 89 Keith Comstock 1991 54.00
21 89 Jay Witasick 2008 0.00 DNP
22 88 Mike Marshall 1978 2.91
23 88 Grant Jackson 1978 3.72
24 88 Justin Speier 2009 5.17
25 88 Will Ohman 2013 0.00 DNP
26 88 Steve Farr 1992 1.73
27 88 Scott Sauerbeck 2007 0.00 DNP
28 88 Tippy Martinez 1985 6.30
29 87 Joe Hoerner 1972 4.80
30 87 Bill Campbell 1984 4.76
31 87 Kevin Gregg 2013 3.77
32 87 Dick Drago 1980 4.55
33 87 Jim Mecir 2005 3.74
34 87 Luis Arroyo 1962 5.35 DNP
35 87 Doug Henry 1999 5.31
36 87 John Hiller 1978 2.63
37 87 Kyle Farnsworth 2011 2.34
38 86 Mike Henneman 1997 0.00 DNP
39 86 Jose Mesa 2001 3.38
40 86 Armando Benitez 2008 7.11
41 86 Eric Plunk 1999 5.26
42 86 Dave Giusti 1975 3.73 DNP
43 86 Moe Drabowsky 1971 3.58
44 86 Damaso Marte 2010 4.08
45 86 Joey Eischen 2005 3.72
46 85 Larry Andersen 1988 3.05
47 85 Mike Jackson 2000 0.00 DNP
48 85 Andy McGaffigan 1992 0.00 DNP
49 85 Jason Frasor 2013 2.76
50 85 Tom Gordon 2003 3.41
51 85 Scott Eyre 2007 4.47
52 85 Joe Grzenda 1972 6.17
53 85 Tim Worrell 2003 4.02
54 84 Shawn Camp 2011 4.88
55 84 Billy Taylor 1997 3.95
56 84 Josias Manzanillo 2003 16.88
57 84 Stan Williams 1972 6.23
58 84 Ricardo Rincon 2005 4.82
59 84 Michael Gonzalez 2013 5.04
60 84 Matt Herges 2005 7.14
61 84 David Weathers 2005 4.17
62 84 Lindy McDaniel 1971 5.30
63 84 Mike Williams 2004 0.00 DNP
64 84 Donnie Moore 1989 0.00 DNP
65 83 Mike Timlin 2001 4.21
66 83 Mike Myers 2004 4.64
67 83 Don Aase 1990 5.68
68 83 Scot Shields 2011 0.00 DNP
69 83 Yorkis Perez 2003 0.00 DNP
70 83 Buddy Groom 2001 3.82
71 83 Jason Christiansen 2005 5.52
72 83 Mark Guthrie 2001 4.99
73 83 Todd Jones 2003 7.60
74 83 Brian Boehringer 2004 4.97
75 83 Turk Wendell 2002 0.00 DNP
76 83 Mike Maddux 1997 9.28
77 83 Bobby Tiefenauer 1965 5.81
78 83 Arthur Rhodes 2005 2.70
79 83 Mike Fetters 2000 3.24
80 83 Donne Wall 2003 0.00 DNP
81 83 Don McMahon 1965 3.92
82 83 Paul Assenmacher 1996 3.66
83 82 Rick White 2004 5.97
84 82 John Franco 1996 2.50
85 82 Brian Shouse 2004 2.44
86 82 Ramon Hernandez 1976 3.43
87 82 George Sherrill 2012 27.00
88 82 Anthony Telford 2001 15.43
89 82 Kerry Wood 2012 8.31
90 82 Rich Gossage 1987 3.12
91 82 Dan Plesac 1997 3.93
92 82 Steve Reed 2000 4.98
93 82 Lee Smith 1993 3.88
94 82 Randy Flores 2011 0.00 DNP
95 82 Brendan Donnelly 2007 3.48
96 81 Rollie Fingers 1982 2.60
97 81 Gary Lavelle 1984 3.21
98 81 Stu Miller 1963 2.88
99 81 Jerry Don Gleaton 1993 0.00 DNP
100 81 Fernando Rodney 2012 1.08

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Not often does a team send a reliever with as many innings and an ERA as low as Cruzís packing, but Pittsburgh did just that in late August. Shoulder inflammation limited him in his last weeks with the club and may have sparked the release. Whatever the reason, other teams agreed with the Pirates and passed on him for the stretch run. Relievers capable of missing bats and hitting the mid-90s pitch until they canít do those things anymore. Cruz can, so he should be around for a few more years.
2012 He was yet another one of the Rays Reclamation specials as the team rebuilt a nearly completely vacated bullpen from 2010. Cruz was used in every role except closer throughout the season and bounced back from missing nearly all of 2010 to put up numbers in line with his past successes. His command is still not good enough to work effectively in high-leverage situations but he continues to do very well in medium and low leverage situations, mainly on the strength on his swing and miss stuff. He is no longer the same strikeout machine he was in his prime, but for a reclamation project, count him as a Rays' success.
2011 Juan Cruz appeared in five games before the Royals cut him. He underwent surgery to remove a shoulder cyst a month later. He never lost the habit of walking any hitter willing to wait him out, but his strikeout stuff appeared to be back in the short time he pitched, imparting hope that he can fill out the back of a bullpen in 2011.
2010 For reasons that remain obscure, the Royals sacrificed their second-round draft choice to sign Cruz as spring training began. He pitched well in April, then was relentlessly savaged over the next three months (opponents hit .273/.378/.468) before he was shut down with a shoulder strain. Cruz returned roughly seven weeks later but didn't pitch enough (just 3 2/3 innings) to support any conclusions about future effectiveness. Even at his best, Cruz is wild, averaging nearly five walks per nine innings during his career, and with his strikeout rate cut nearly in half last season, he just didn't miss enough bats to survive all those baserunners. One season and the inevitable buyout remain before he concludes his KC run.
2009 For the past seven years, Cruz has been one of those guys where, if you saw him on the right day, you'd be convinced that he was one of the premier relievers in the game, because when he's on his overpowering fastball/slider combination is truly closer-worthy. Occasional control issues remain his bugaboo, but he saved his best year for the right time, and as a free agent with a reputation that is less than his talent and production, the team that signs him is going to get a steal.
2008 Left alone in a relief role for a full season, Cruz was throwing mid-90s bullets consistently after missing three weeks with an early shoulder injury, showing what the stringbean can do when all he has to worry about is putting every ounce of mustard on his stuff. The problem is that he seems to be degenerating into a right-handed specialist-last year he held righties to .143/.211/.277 while striking them out 42 percent of the time, but lefties hit .269/.412/.454 against him. That's still pretty useful, but his manager kept him away from late or really tight situations.
2007 Cruz had a 2.65 ERA in April, which encouraged the D`backs to move him into the rotation. His rotation highlights included an outing in which he required 46 pitches to record two outs against the Padres (giving up nine earned runs in the process), a shoulder injury, and a month on the DL. He wasn`t the same pitcher when he returned, so he was returned to the pen. The concerns that haunted Pedro Martinez`s early career about a small-framed hurler consistently generating high velocities seem to be valid in Cruz`s case, and the lesson of his 2006 adventure is that he`ll be better off as a full-time reliever. He didn`t reach his incentive clauses, so he`ll do it again, cheaply, in 2007.
2006 Cruz pitched well as a starter in Sacramento, but ranks no higher than eighth on his organization`s depth chart. He has neither a starter`s frame nor a starter`s notion of how to keep his pitch counts down, so there`s an argument for using him in the `pen, hoping he gets off to a good start, and punting him to the highest bidder. Trading partners are not likely to be impressed by anything he does in Triple-A, now that he`s had two flameouts at the major league level.
2005 Cruz put together a very nice season out of the bullpen, albeit in generally low-leverage situations. He still needs to cut down on his walks, but 70 whiffs in 72 innings and three runs allowed per game aren't chopped liver. If nothing else, he's earned a chance to work the more fraught innings. Whatever Mazzone does, it seems to work with relievers as well. Cruz now takes his act to Oakland, joining a dynamic pen of young power arms.
2003 Cruz isnít a disappointment as much as he was sort of left hanging. Baylor quit on him in mid-May, bumping him into the pen. By the time Kimm was hired, Zambrano had established himself, and when Lieber went down, they wanted to take a look at Smyth. So he spent much of the year in the pen as the forgotten man. He spent two weeks on the DL with a strained arm, but he pitched a whopping 31 innings after the All-Star break despite posting a 2.32 ERA. Previously noted for his poise, he was generally in control with men on base, throws three good pitches and has good velocity. What does he need to do? Some feel he could add bulk and thus endurance, but basically, he looks like a guy who can pitch, and should be allowed to. He could win the fifth slot in the rotation in camp, but heíll have to contend with Dustyís preference for the aged as well as Carlos Zambrano.
2002 Cruz didnít merely blossom in 2000, he suddenly transmogrified from somebody with talent to one of the best pitching prospects on the planet. He can throw his mid-90s heat, change-up, and slider for strikes at any point in the count, all from a deceptive three-quarters delivery that makes it difficult to pick up anything, and heís shown no real problems in his platoon splits. The organization absolutely loves his intensity and his willingness to work inside. Heís going to be very, very good.
2001 The organizationís breakout pitcher last year, Juan Cruz throws regularly in the low 90s, topping out at 96. His slider buckles knees and heís perfecting a change. Cruz throws out of a low three-quarters delivery and works inside. He's included here just for reference: everyone whoís seen him swears by his stuff, but he's young enough for all sorts of good or bad things to happen to him.

BP Articles

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Overthinking It: Why Nobody Gets Caught StealingBen Lindbergh2012-11-08
The BP Wayback Machine: Changing the Game?Joe Sheehan2012-11-02
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's going to happen with Juan Cruz and Jason Varitek? Would anybody in their right mind give up a first round pick for either one of these guys? Or a second round pick, for those teams in the first half of the round?
(russadams from White Bear Lake, MN)
I think that Varitek and the Sox will find a way to kiss and make up because the player has absolutely zero leverage at the moment and the Sox appear to be postponing finding a viable alternative behind the plate until he signs elsewhere, which doesn't appear likely to happen.

As for Cruz, I think it's more likely that a team who wouldn't lose a first-rounder, as you say, would be one who'd be willing to make the move. Wouldn't surprise me if that winds up being the Nationals, who have some work to do on their bullpen after losing both Cordero and Rauch last year. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is the Tiger's payroll so high that their name isn't even surfacing on Brian Fuentes? His price seems to be falling, and would see the Tigers as desperate for a closer.
(LyleCox from Cleveland)
Skip closers, the Tigers should be desperate for relief help in general, and one high-profile signing by itself doesn't fix the pen. If anything, they're better off penciling in Zumaya as the guy who gets the most save opportunities, accepting that they have a bit of lefty help already in hand, and could use a power right-hander. I'd rather see them chasing Juan Cruz. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the story with Juan Cruz? As Mets fan, I was excited by the idea of him being the setup guy -- and IMO he is a better bet than Putz. Who is knocking on his door?
(James282 from Nj)
That's a great question and I don't have a great answer. It is like he's become the invisible man. I never heard his name mentioned here and I don't know why. I think he is going to make a fine pickup for somebody. (John Perrotto)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Juan Cruz threw 4,107 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Cutter (89mph) and Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Slider (80mph), Sinker (94mph) and Change (85mph).