Nelson Cruz

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  • RF
  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 2"/230
  • Age: 35


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Nelson Cruz Stats

.302 44 93 3 .936

Nelson Cruz MLB Career Stats

.273 241 690 72 .844

Nelson Cruz Bio

  • Full Name: Nelson Ramon Cruz
  • Born: 7/1/1980 in Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic
  • Debut: September 17, 2005
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2015 Stats 590 90 178 44 93 3 .302 .369 .936
MLB Career Stats 4094 581 1118 241 690 72 .273 .334 .844
  • Status: Active

Nelson Cruz Statcast Averages

Year Team LG PA HIP Avg Launch Speed (mph) Avg Distance (feet) Avg Gen Velocity (mph) Avg Launch Angle (deg) Avg Height (feet)
2015 Mariners AL 655 347 93.65 225.80 4.78 7.77 34.18
MLB Avg - - - - 89.28 211.72 0.44 9.01 33.45


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October 7, 2015 at 4:08 PM ET

Cruz goes deep 44 times in 2015

Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz completed the 2015 regular season with a .302 average, 44 home runs, 93 RBIs, 90 runs scored and three stolen bases.

October 4, 2015 at 5:09 PM ET

Strained groin derails Cruz's quest for HR title

Nelson Cruz was out of the lineup for Sunday's season finale against the A's after tweaking his groin on Saturday night, meaning he will finish with a batting average above .300 [.302] for the first time since 2010.


Nelson Cruz Awards

AL All-Star

Year Team League
2009 Texas AL
2013 Texas AL
2014 Baltimore AL
2015 Seattle AL


Year Team League
2011 Texas AL

Home Run Derby Participant

Year Team League
2009 Texas AL

AL Player of the Month

Month Team League
04/2015 Seattle AL

AL Player of the Week

Week Team League
05/24/2010 Texas AL
06/02/2014 Baltimore AL
09/08/2014 Baltimore AL
04/20/2015 Seattle AL

WBC All-Tournament Team

Year Team League
2013 Dominican Rep. WBC

Futures Game Selection

Year Team League
2005 Nashville PCL Triple-A Offensive Player of the Year

Year Team League
2008 Oklahoma PCL

PCL Most Valuable Player

Year Team League
2008 Oklahoma PCL

PCL League Championship Most Valuable Player

Year Team League
2005 Nashville PCL

PCL Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2006 Nashville PCL
2008 Oklahoma PCL

PCL Player of the Week

Week Team League
06/23/2008 Oklahoma PCL

PCL Post-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2008 Oklahoma PCL

Caribbean Series All-Star

Year Team League
2007 Dom. Rep. 2 CS

Nelson Cruz Leaderboards

Batting Average

Season AVG Rank
2015 .302 8th in AL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2009 33 8th in AL
2010 22 23rd in AL
2011 29 13th in AL
2012 24 24th in AL
2013 27 14th in AL
2014 40 1st in AL
2015 44 2nd in AL

Runs Batted In

Season RBI Rank
2011 87 20th in AL
2012 90 16th in AL
2014 108 3rd in AL
2015 93 12th in AL

Stolen Bases

Season SB Rank
2009 20 21st in AL
2010 17 23rd in AL

On-base Plus Slugging

Season OPS Rank
2011 .821 25th in AL
2014 .859 10th in AL
2015 .936 4th in AL

On-base Percentage

Season OBP Rank
2015 .369 10th in AL

Slugging Percentage

Season SLG Rank
2009 .524 13th in AL
2011 .509 11th in AL
2014 .525 5th in AL
2015 .566 3rd in AL

Runs Scored

Season R Rank
2012 86 17th in AL
2014 87 13th in AL
2015 90 16th in AL


Season BB Rank
2015 59 19th in AL


Season H Rank
2014 166 18th in AL
2015 178 8th in AL


Season 2B Rank
2012 45 4th in AL

Games Played

Season G Rank
2012 159 10th in AL
2014 159 4th in AL

At Bats

Season AB Rank
2012 585 23rd in AL
2014 613 10th in AL
2015 590 23rd in AL

Plate Appearances

Season PA Rank
2012 642 25th in AL
2014 678 12th in AL
2015 655 25th in AL

Total Bases

Season TB Rank
2012 269 18th in AL
2014 322 3rd in AL
2015 334 3rd in AL


Season SO Rank
2009 118 20th in AL
2011 116 22nd in AL
2012 140 15th in AL
2014 140 11th in AL
2015 164 3rd in AL

Caught Stealing

Season CS Rank
2014 5 18th in AL

Nelson Cruz Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
December 4, 2014 Seattle Mariners signed free agent RF Nelson Cruz.
October 30, 2014 LF Nelson Cruz elected free agency.
February 24, 2014 Baltimore Orioles signed free agent LF Nelson Cruz.
September 30, 2013 Texas Rangers activated RF Nelson Cruz from the restricted list.
August 5, 2013 Texas Rangers placed RF Nelson Cruz on the restricted list.
September 13, 2011 Texas Rangers activated RF Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.
August 30, 2011 Texas Rangers placed RF Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 29, 2011. left hamstring strain
May 23, 2011 Texas Rangers activated RF Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.
May 20, 2011 Frisco RoughRiders sent RF Nelson Cruz on a rehab assignment to Round Rock Express.
May 16, 2011 Nelson Cruz assigned to Frisco RoughRiders.
May 7, 2011 Texas Rangers placed RF Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 4, 2011. strained right quadriceps muscle
August 30, 2010 Texas Rangers activated RF Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.
August 26, 2010 sent RF Nelson Cruz on a rehab assignment to Frisco RoughRiders.
August 16, 2010 Texas Rangers placed RF Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 15, 2010. strained left hamstring
June 22, 2010 Texas Rangers activated RF Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.
June 18, 2010 sent RF Nelson Cruz on a rehab assignment to Oklahoma City RedHawks.
May 30, 2010 Texas Rangers placed RF Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 29, 2010. Strained left hamstring.
May 14, 2010 Texas Rangers activated RF Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.
May 11, 2010 sent RF Nelson Cruz on a rehab assignment to Oklahoma City RedHawks.
April 27, 2010 Texas Rangers placed RF Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list. Strained right hamstring.
August 20, 2009 Texas Rangers activated RF Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.
August 17, 2009 sent RF Nelson Cruz on a rehab assignment to Oklahoma City RedHawks.
August 14, 2009 Texas Rangers placed RF Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 4, 2009. left ankle sprain

Nelson Ramon Cruz Bio Info

Nelson Ramon Martinez Cruz, Jr...originally signed by the New York Mets organization as a non-drafted free agent on Feb. 23, 1998...played basketball for the Dominican Republic Junior National Team...father, Nelson Cruz, Sr., played professional baseball in the Dominican Republic...was the recipient of the 2010 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award by the Dallas-Fort Worth BBWAA chapter...Nelson and his wife, the former Solani Genao, were married on Dec. 25, 2009 and have a daughter, Giada (10/11/12)....also has a son, Nelson, Jr. (11/1/08).

Led the Majorswith a career-high 40 home runs... Named MVP bymembers of the Baltimore media... Made the AL All-Star Team for the 3rd time, earning his first fan-elected start as DH with over 3-millionvotes…went 0-for-2 with a strikeout... Led Baltimore to the AL East title and appeared in thepostseason for the for the fourth timein his career…combined to bat .357(10x28) with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in7 games (lost ALCS vs. KC)... Finished 7th in the AL MVP voting (102.0 points)... Hit at least 20 home runs for the sixth consecutive season…joins Mark Reynolds, Hunter Pence, David Ortiz, Brian McCann, Matt Holliday and Miguel Cabreraas only players with 20+ homers in each season since 2009... Named the American League Player of the Week May 26-June 1(.476/10x21, 5 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI) & Sept. 1-7 (.407/11x27, 6 R, 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI)... Finished 3rd in the American League in RBI (108), extra-base hits (74) andtotal bases (322), 6th in slugging percentage (.525)... Set single-season career-highs in plate appearances (678), runs scored(87), hits (166), home runs (40), RBI (108), walks (55), extra-base hits (74), and total bases(322) and tied his career-high with 159 games played... Went 4-for-5 with a triple, 2 home runs and 7 RBI Sept. 7 at Tampa Bay... Collected career-high 5 hits, July 5 at Boston... Established Orioles May club record with 13 home runs... Hit 28 of 40 home runs prior to the All-Star break (.287/102x356)…hit .249 (64x257) with 12 home runs in 66 games in the second half... Made Baltimore debut March 31 vs. Boston going 1-for-2 with a walk andeventual game-winning home run in the 7th inning off Jon Lester…third career OpeninDay HR (also: 2010 & 2011 with TEX).

Named an AL All-Star for the second time in his career (also 2009), hitting 27 homeruns in 109 games…ranked 7th in the AL with a 5.43 AB/RBI ratio (min. 400 AB)…missed 50 games, August 5-Sept. 29, when he was placed on the restricted list (50-gamesuspension from MLB - Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program)…reinstated forthe Wild Card tiebreaker, game #163, Sept. 30 vs. TB, going 0-for-4 as the DH.

2012 Played his 1st full season in the major leagues without a stint on the disabled list or in the minor leagues...ranked among the A.L. leaders in doubles (4th, 45), extra base hits (9th, 69), and games (T10th, 159)...topped the Rangers in games and doubles, ranked 3rd in extra base hits, RBI (90), and homers (24, tied), and ranked 4th in runs (86), total bases (269), and slugging (.460)...set career highs in games, at bats (585), runs, hits (152), doubles, total bases, extra-base hits, and RBI... matched the 5th-highest single-season total for doubles in club history, most since Mark Teixeira (45) in 2006...grounded into just 7 double plays, an average of one every 83.6 at bats, the 9th best ratio in the league...BATTING: Went 4-for-29 (.138) over season's 1st 8 games, then hit .414 (12-29) in next 6 games from April 14-21(G1) to rise to .276...batted .151 (8-53) with 2 extra-base hits - both doubles - from April 21(G2)-May 6 to drop to .216...had a .358 (29-81) average in a 20-game stretch from May 7-28, rising to .276, highest figure all year after the end of April...beginning June 3, his season average never got higher than .270 or lower than .253 the rest of year...batted .253 (96-379) in final 107 games to finish at .260...his 14 games of 3+ hits tied for 12th in the A.L... had season-high 4 hits twice: May 13 vs. LAA and May 25 vs. Toronto, grand slams in both games...longest hit streak was 8 games, August 5-13...went 5-for-13 (.385) with the bases loaded with 20 RBI, 3rd in batting .325 (113-348) over last 3 seasons vs. average at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is .299 (366-1226), 8th highest in club history (min. 1200 AB)...MISCELLANEOUS: Started 146 games in RF, 2 in LF, and 7 at DH... played every inning of Rangers' 1st 36 games in the field and started 59 of 1st 60...played in each of Rangers' final 100 games beginning June 13...had a .987 fielding pct. (4 E/301 TC) in the outfield...tied for 8th in the A.L. with team high 9 outfield assists...threw out Mike Trout at 3rd base attempting to advance on a fly out in day game Sept. 30 vs. LAA...had a career-high 140 strikeouts, 2nd-most among Rangers..was ejected by Bill Welke for arguing balls and strikes, Aug. 31 at CLE...had been hitless in 19 career pinch at bats before single on August 16 at NYY...has a .417 (25-60) career average in 15 games at Fenway Park, the 2nd-highest since 1921 for any player with at least 50 AB behind Will Clark at .434 (43-99)...WINTER BALL: Played for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, batting .286 (12-42) with one homer and 4 RBI in 11 games. 2011 Cruz was hampered by leg injuries for a second straight year and appeared in just 124 games due to 2 stints on the disabled list...despite that, ranked among the American League leaders in slugging (11th, .509) and home runs (T13th, 29)...averaged one home run every 16.38 at bats, 7th-best in the league...ranked among team leaders in slugging (3rd), home runs (4th), RBI (4th, 87), and doubles (5th, 28)...established career bests for at-bats (475), RBI, and total bases (tied-242)...started 98 games in right, 16 in left, and 8 at DH. 2010 Despite playing in just 108 games due to injuries, was 2nd on the club in steals (17), placed 3rd in doubles (31) and homers (22), ranked 4th in RBI (78), and was 5th in hits (127) ... set career highs for hits, doubles, triples (3), and RBI ... among all A.L. players with at least 400 plate appearances, had the 5th highest slugging percentage (.576), and ranked 6th in batting average (.318) and OPS (.950) ... started 91 games in right, 10 in left, and 2 at DH... his .371 (73-197) home avg. was 104 points higher than road avg. (.267, 54-202) ... hit .336 (42-125) with runners in scoring position, which would have ranked 8th in the A.L. if had enough plate appearances to qualify ... batted .359 (46-128) with 14 doubles, 8 HR, and 33 RBI in 32 games against A.L. East opponents. 2009 In his first full major league season, Cruz was selected to the American League All-Star Team and produced just the 5th 30- homer/20-stolen base year in club history...led the Rangers with 33 homers, a .524 slugging percentage, and 6 intentional walks and was 2nd with a .332 on-base percentage, 49 walks (tied), and an .856 OPS...also ranked 3rd on the team in RBI (76), runs (75), and stolen bases (20), and placed 4th in batting average (.260), extra base hits (55), and total bases (252)...ranked T8th in the A.L. in homers and had the 13th-best slugging percentage...started 117 games in right, 2 in left, and 4 as the designated hitter. 2008 Batted .330 (38-115) with 7 home runs, 9 doubles, and 26 RBI in 31 games for the Rangers...Texas purchased his contract from Oklahoma on Aug. 25 when Jason Ellison was designated for assignment, and Cruz started each of the team's final 31 games in right field...compiled best strikeout-to-walk ratio of any season in his big league career, 17 walks to 28 K's...starts in batting order: 7th (23), 5th (4), 6th (3), and 8th (1)...hit .419 (13-31) against lefties and .298 (25-84) vs. right-handers, although 6 of his 7 homers came against right-handers...hit .351 (20-57) with 4 HR, 12 RBI, .431 OBP, and .632 slugging pct. over 15 games at Rangers Ballpark...with his Aug. 25 debut, became the 53rd player used by Texas in 2008, breaking the previous team record of 52...beginning Aug. 30, would hit safely in 22 of his final 26 games at .361 (35-97), going hitless in consecutive games just once (Sept. 20- 21)...snapped 0-for-16 stretch with 4th-inning single on Aug. 30 at LA of Anaheim...compiled a trio of 6-game hit streaks...had 5 three-hit games, tied with Josh Hamilton for most among Rangers during his tenure...posted 3rd career multi-homer game on Sept. 6 vs. Boston in Rangers' 15-8 victory...his 2 homers and 5 RBI in that game were both season highs and matched his career bests (3rd time each)...beginning with that game, hit 6 of his 7 home runs over the Rangers' final 20 contests...went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI on Sept. 14 at Oakland...finished season with a 6-game hit streak at .385 (10-26), posting a double or homer in each of the club's final 5 games. 2007 Had 2 stints of consistent playing time in the big leagues and was a member of the Opening Day roster for first time in his career...hit walkoff solo HR off Scot Shields in 9th inning on Mother's Day, May 13 vs. LA of Anaheim, first big league walk-off homer...had also hit a walk-off HR in spring training finale on March 31 vs. Milwaukee at Rangers Ballpark off Chris Spurling...was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma on June 5...recalled July 27 and in first game on July 28 at Kansas City, went 2-for-3 with 2 home runs, a walk, and career-high matching 5 his second stint with the club beginning July 27, hit .276 (45-163) with 6 home runs and 22 RBI in 53 Triple-A, finished 2nd on RedHawks with 15 home runs despite playing in only 44 games...had 2 multi-homer games with Oklahoma and homered in each of his last 3 games, including a grand slam in last game before being recalled 2006 He finished the season with a career-high 5-game hitting streak, going 6-for-19. He batted .264 (14-53) over his last 13 games with 4 extra base hits (2 2B, 2 HR) and 9 RBI. ... He ranked 4th among American League rookies with 15 RBI in September and also tied for second among AL rookies with 4 HRs. He had three hits including two home runs and 5 RBI 9/4 at OAK. It was his first career multi-homer game ... 5 RBI were a career-high and 2nd-most by a rookie in club history. He has a grand slam in his only career at-bat with the bases loaded, on Aug. 16 against the Angels. He hit first career home run 7/31 at Minnesota. He was acquired from Milwaukee in a 6-player traded on 7/28. He spent the entire 2006 season at Nashville (AAA) before the trade, batting .302 (112-371) with 22 doubles, 20 home runs, 73 RBI and 17 stolen bases. He was among Pacific Coast League leaders in home runs and RBI before the trade and started for PCL at 2006 AAA All-Star game. 2005 Earned the Brewers Robin Yount Performance Award for Minor League player of the year with a combined 27 home runs, 81 RBI and a .289 batting average...began the season with Double A Huntsville where he played 68 games hitting .306 (76-248) with 35 extra-base hits and 54 RBI...promoted to Triple A Nashville on June 29 and recorded a .269 batting average in 60 games for the Sounds with 11 roundtrippers and 27 runs batted in...appeared at all three outfield positions with Nashville, playing primarily in right field...recorded a nine-game hitting streak July 2-July 15 (#2) for Nashville...hit .433 (13-30) with a pair of home runs and four RBI during the stretch...named the PCL Championship Series MVP with four home runs and 11 runs batted in during the series...plated the Sounds game-winning runs with a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the 13th inning on Sept. 16 leading Nashville to a 5-2 win over was Nashville's first league title (three-game sweep) since winning the Southern League Championship in 1982...recalled Sept. 17 from Triple A Nashville, a day after the Sounds defeated the Tacoma Rainers (Seattle) in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series...made his Major League debut Sept. 17 at Houston when he entered the game in right field in the eighth inning replacing Geoff Jenkins...flied out to centerfield in his first Major League at-bat...recorded his first Major League hit with a double in the eighth inning off Jason Standridge September 28 vs Cincinnati...named the eighth-best player in the Brewers organization by Baseball America. 2004 Split the season between Class A Modesto, Double A Midland and Triple A Sacramento...combined at all three stops to hit .326 with 26 home runs and 100 RBI in 137 games...established career highs in games, at-bats (536), runs scored (109), hits (175), doubles (42), home runs, RBI, walks (51) and strikeouts (149)...his batting average, slugging percentage (.562) and on-base percentage (.390) were his best in his four seasons in the United States ...tied for fourth among all minor leaguers in runs scored, ranked fifth in total bases (301), and tied for sixth in hits...finished second in the A's farm system in batting and RBI and third in home runs...batted .362 (55-152) against lefties and .313 (120-384) against righties...hit .367 (55-150) with runners in scoring position and was 7-15 (.467) with two grand slams and 16 RBI with the bases loaded...batted .361 (95-263) at home compared to .293 (80-273) on the road but hit 17 of his 26 home runs on the road...had 54 multi-hit games, including 16 with three-or-more hits...appeared in 79 games in right field, 55 in left field and 10 in center field...batted .354 in the fourth spot (57-161)...began the year at Modesto where he batted .345 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 66 games...added 24 walks for a .407 on-base percentage...finished second on the club with eight stolen bases...hit .383 (36-94) in May and .402 (35-87) in June...hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning April 26 vs. Stockton...had his first of two four-hit games May 20 vs. Rancho Cucamonga going 4-4 with five RBI ...batted .490 (25-51) during a 12-game hitting streak June 10 - 21...hit a career-high three home runs, drove in a career-high six runs and had his second four-hit game of the season June 15 at Visalia...was promoted to Midland June 23...hit .331 (42-127) over a 37-game stretch from July 3 - August 10 including a 14-game hitting streak July 15 - 30 where he hit .365 (19 for 52) with five home runs and 13 RB...concluded his season with Midland with a 21-game hitting streak beginning on August 11 batting .392 (38-97)...concluded the year batting .313 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 67 games at Midland and finished second in home runs... advanced to Sacramento September 3...went 1-4 in his first game beginning a 22-game hitting streak. ...went 3-10 in 21 innings August 14 at San Antonio to start a stretch of nine straight multi-hit games through August 23 where he batted .455 (20-44)...homered in three consecutive games August 27 - 29. 2003 Spent the season at Class A Kane County...belted 20 home runs ranking fourth in the A's farm system...also ranked fourth in the Midwest League in home runs and was tied for fourth in strikeouts (128)...led Kane County in home runs, RBI (85), and strikeouts...batted .278 (30-108) against lefties and .227 (82-362) against right handers...was 4-13 (.308) with a grand slam and 20 RBI with the bases loaded...appeared in 106 games in right field and 17 in centerfield... batted .273 (47-172) with 11 of his 20 home runs in the first 44 games...hit three home runs April 14 at Beloit and August 24 at Peoria to become the first National Association player with two three-homer games in one season since Russell Branyan of Buffalo in the International League in 1999...drove in eight runs including a fourth inning grand slam April 14, and six RBI and four runs scored on August 24...was named Midwest League Player of the Week August 18 - 24 when he hit .563 (9-16) with three home runs, eight RBI and five runs scored in four games...went 4-13 (.308) with a home run and three RBI in the playoffs. 2002 Spent the entire season with Class A Vancouver of the short season Northwest League...hit .276 with four home runs and 25 RBI in 63 games...led his club in doubles (14) and stolen bases (12) and tied for second in hits (59) and strikeouts (58)...hit .301 with all four of his home runs on the road compared to .252 at home...appeared in 40 games in right field, 17 in left field and eight in center field...put together his best batting average in July when hitting .377...had a season-high four hits September 2 at Salem-Kaiser. 2001 Spent his first season in the United States and his first season in the A's organization following an August 30, 2000 trade in which he was acquired from the New York Mets organization for Jorge Velandia...played for the Rookie A's in the Arizona League...hit .250 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 23 games... appeared in 18 games in right field and four in center field...belted a grand slam August 23 vs. the Giants. 2000 Spent the season with the Mets Eastern Division affiliate in the Dominican Summer League...led the league with 15 home runs and 80 RBI in 69 games... finished fifth in the league with a career high .351 batting average...established professional bests with a .610 slugging percentage, a .434 on-base percentage, and 4 triples. 1999 Played for both of the Mets affiliates in the Dominican Summer League ...combined to hit .244 with one home run and 32 RBI in 71 games... stole a career-high 20 bases. 1998 Made his professional debut with the Mets affiliate in the Dominican Summer League...hit .271 with one home run and 13 RBI in 30 games.