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Tony Cruz CReds

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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date8-18-1986
Height5' 11"
Weight215 lbs
Age33 years, 2 months, 2 days
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-0.02015
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2017
-0.02018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2011 SLN 24 38 72 17 5 0 0 6 13 1 0 1 .262 .333 .338 92 -0.6 0.0 -1.3 0.1
2012 SLN 25 51 131 32 9 1 1 3 19 0 0 1 .254 .267 .365 79 -3.2 -0.8 -0.7 0.1
2013 SLN 26 51 129 25 6 1 1 4 25 2 0 0 .203 .240 .293 65 -4.8 0.7 3.3 0.5
2014 SLN 27 50 150 27 5 0 1 13 28 0 0 3 .200 .270 .259 63 -5.9 -0.2 -7.1 -0.8
2015 SLN 28 69 151 29 7 1 2 6 32 0 0 0 .204 .235 .310 59 -6.6 0.2 0.2 0.0
2016 KCA 29 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 81 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2018 CIN 31 9 26 4 1 0 1 0 11 0 0 0 .154 .154 .308 65 -1.0 0.2 -0.7 0.0
Career272664134333632131305.216.256.30869-22.20.1-6.6-0.2

Statistics for All Levels

'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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2007 QUD A MDW 49 216 .254 .328 .370 .303 91 7.6 6.8 0.9 125 0 -4.9 0.8 6.3 1.0
2007 BAT A- NYP 4 17 .250 .330 .333 .545 97 1.3 0.5 0.1 108 0 1.0 0.3 0.2 0.2
2007 CRD Rk GCL 7 34 .252 .358 .365 .480 102 3.1 1.0 0.1 -3270 0 0.7 0.8 4.2 0.6
2007 JCY Rk APL 6 27 .247 .319 .359 .238 100 1.8 0.9 0.1 115 0 2.3 -0.1 0.9 0.4
2008 PMB A+ FSL 89 378 .252 .323 .373 .306 94 4.6 11.3 2.4 108 0 -1.0 2.2 -3.0 1.2
2009 SFD AA TXS 110 444 .266 .338 .395 .254 117 -18.5 12.9 4.9 64 0 -22.9 1.1 -24.1 -2.9
2010 PMB A+ FSL 46 202 .249 .327 .369 .338 91 1.7 5.4 2.9 118 0 2.4 -2.8 3.2 1.1
2010 SFD AA TXS 40 169 .262 .339 .399 .325 108 4.2 4.9 1.7 122 0 -2.6 -1.5 4.0 0.7
2010 MEM AAA PCL 4 15 .272 .342 .432 .167 92 -2.3 1.2 0.7 65 0 1.2 0.1 -1.6 0.1
2011 SLN MLB NL 38 72 .255 .324 .406 .327 95 -0.4 1.9 0.6 92 11 -1.3 0.0 -0.6 0.1
2011 MEM AAA PCL 45 164 .276 .354 .430 .304 95 -3.3 5.1 2.9 75 0 1.0 -0.5 -4.4 0.4
2012 SLN MLB NL 51 131 .255 .317 .398 .287 98 -4.8 3.6 2 79 8 -0.7 -0.8 -3.2 0.1
2013 SLN MLB NL 51 129 .242 .309 .377 .247 100 -10.2 3.4 1.8 65 10 3.3 0.7 -4.8 0.5
2014 SLN MLB NL 50 150 .253 .312 .384 .245 103 -9.9 3.9 2.2 63 12 -7.1 -0.2 -5.9 -0.8
2014 SFD AA TEX 2 5 .233 .320 .296 .333 94 -0.6 0.1 0.1 50 0 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2015 SLN MLB NL 69 151 .251 .312 .399 .248 93 -11.1 4.1 2 59 11 0.2 0.2 -6.6 0.0
2016 KCA MLB AL 4 5 .284 .371 .488 .000 112 -0.8 0.1 0.1 81 8 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2016 OMA AAA PCL 92 363 .265 .329 .407 .321 92 3.8 10.2 1.6 110 0 0.5 -2.5 -1.5 0.9
2017 ELP AAA PCL 51 185 .287 .348 .459 .336 107 3 5.5 3.1 94 0 -9.9 0.3 -0.7 -0.2
2018 CIN MLB NL 9 26 .240 .305 .390 .214 104 -4.2 0.7 0.4 65 18 -0.7 0.2 -1.0 0.0
2018 LOU AAA INT 18 73 .257 .321 .396 .205 94 -1.3 2.1 0.8 80 0 -3.1 0.4 -1.4 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2007 CRD Rk GCL 34 32 8 12 5 0 0 17 4 1 7 1 0 .375 .394 .531 .156 0 0
2007 QUD A MDW 216 195 26 55 10 1 5 82 34 17 25 3 1 .282 .343 .421 .138 0 0
2007 BAT A- NYP 17 16 2 6 1 0 0 7 4 0 5 0 0 .375 .412 .438 .063 0 0
2007 JCY Rk APL 27 25 2 7 2 0 2 15 2 2 2 1 0 .280 .333 .600 .320 0 0
2008 PMB A+ FSL 378 351 41 98 22 3 8 150 58 19 50 3 0 .279 .319 .427 .148 1 1
2009 SFD AA TXS 444 404 44 89 25 2 10 148 48 34 85 1 0 .220 .281 .366 .146 2 2
2010 PMB A+ FSL 202 181 21 51 16 1 1 72 25 19 33 0 2 .282 .348 .398 .116 1 1
2010 SFD AA TXS 169 149 26 43 10 0 6 71 20 17 30 0 0 .289 .363 .477 .188 1 1
2010 MEM AAA PCL 15 14 2 3 0 0 1 6 1 1 1 0 0 .214 .267 .429 .214 0 0
2011 SLN MLB NL 72 65 8 17 5 0 0 22 6 6 13 0 1 .262 .333 .338 .077 0 0
2011 MEM AAA PCL 164 149 13 39 5 1 4 58 25 11 31 0 1 .262 .315 .389 .128 1 2
2012 SLN MLB NL 131 126 11 32 9 1 1 46 11 3 19 0 1 .254 .267 .365 .111 2 0
2013 SLN MLB NL 129 123 13 25 6 1 1 36 13 4 25 0 0 .203 .240 .293 .089 0 0
2014 SFD AA TEX 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 0
2014 SLN MLB NL 150 135 11 27 5 0 1 35 17 13 28 0 3 .200 .270 .259 .059 0
2015 SLN MLB NL 151 142 6 29 7 1 2 44 11 6 32 0 0 .204 .235 .310 .106 1 2
2016 OMA AAA PCL 363 318 32 84 18 0 7 123 55 41 74 2 1 .264 .347 .387 .123 3 0
2016 KCA MLB AL 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0
2017 ELP AAA PCL 185 168 25 47 9 0 7 77 27 12 43 0 0 .280 .341 .458 .179 1 0
2018 CIN MLB NL 26 26 2 4 1 0 1 8 2 0 11 0 0 .154 .154 .308 .154 0 0
2018 LOU AAA INT 73 64 10 12 1 0 3 22 12 7 19 0 0 .188 .260 .344 .156 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2011 241 0.5062 0.5311 0.7891 0.6885 0.3697 0.8571 0.6591 0.2109 0.0015
2012 408 0.5147 0.5294 0.8148 0.6905 0.3586 0.9310 0.5775 0.1852 0.0017
2013 455 0.5033 0.5121 0.7854 0.6769 0.3451 0.8323 0.6923 0.2146 0.0049
2014 573 0.4695 0.4747 0.8162 0.6357 0.3322 0.9123 0.6535 0.1838 0.0083
2015 584 0.5497 0.5171 0.7649 0.6822 0.3156 0.8128 0.6386 0.2351 -0.0019
2016 25 0.5200 0.6400 0.7500 0.8462 0.4167 0.9091 0.4000 0.2500 0.0000
2018 91 0.4615 0.5275 0.7500 0.5714 0.4898 0.8750 0.6250 0.2500 0.0000
Career23770.50740.51110.79150.66950.34580.86870.64100.20850.0029

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2018 CIN $
2017 SDN $
2016 KCA $
2015 SLN $775,000
2014 SLN $521,000
2013 SLN $503,000
2012 SLN $481,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,280,000
4 yrTotal$2,280,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 147 dMDR Sports1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 12/19/17 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cincinnati 5/8/18. Released by Cincinnati 6/21/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 2/7/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.975M (2016). Acquired by Kansas City in trade from St. Louis 12/2/15. Signed by Kansas City 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration). Award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star. DFA by Kansas City 11/18/16. Released 11/23/16.
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2015). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/15/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 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.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 385 46 92 17 1 13 47 34 94 0 0 .268 .341 .437 105 21.4 C -11, 1B 0 1.1
80o 364 41 82 15 1 11 43 31 91 0 0 .252 .322 .405 97 15.4 C -11, 1B 0 0.5
70o 349 38 77 14 1 11 40 28 89 0 0 .245 .313 .401 91 11.5 C -11, 1B 0 0.1
60o 337 36 71 13 1 10 37 26 87 0 0 .234 .301 .382 86 8.3 C -11, 1B 0 -0.3
50o 325 33 66 12 1 9 35 25 85 0 0 .224 .290 .364 81 5.6 C -11, 1B 0 -0.6
40o 313 31 63 12 1 9 33 23 83 0 0 .222 .285 .366 77 3.0 C -11, 1B 0 -0.9
30o 301 29 58 11 1 8 31 21 81 0 0 .212 .274 .348 71 0.4 C -11, 1B 0 -1.1
20o 286 26 53 10 1 7 28 19 78 0 0 .203 .263 .330 66 -2.4 C -11, 1B 0 -1.4
10o 265 23 44 8 0 6 25 17 74 0 0 .181 .239 .288 57 -5.7 C -11, 1B 0 -1.8
Weighted Mean3293468131936258600.229.294.370836.5C -11, 1B 0-0.5

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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 lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2008 afa .000 0.0 1859 .001 -0.5 48 .013 .003 -0.4 -0.9 -1.0
2009 aax -.030 -27.6 3511 .000 -0.5 77 -.119 .007 5.1 -22.1 -22.9
2010 aaa .010 1.3 462 .000 0.0 6 -.005 .000 0.0 1.0 1.2
2010 aax -.012 -3.6 1164 .002 -1.0 27 -.116 .001 2.0 -3.4 -2.6
2010 afa .000 0.0 1653 .001 -0.6 24 -.034 -.009 0.7 -1.8 2.4
2011 aaa .003 1.4 1584 -.001 0.5 28 .005 -.003 0.0 1.0 1.0
2011 mlb -.005 -0.5 463 .002 -0.3 4 .000 .000 0.0 -0.9 -1.3
2012 mlb -.004 -1.0 1408 .000 -0.1 25 -.003 .000 0.0 -1.3 -0.7
2013 mlb .007 2.0 1405 -.005 1.6 15 .000 -.004 0.0 3.5 3.3
2014 mlb -.017 -5.4 1678 .001 -0.5 19 .012 -.001 -0.1 -6.2 -7.1
2014 aax .001 0.0 22 .000 0.0 3 -.016 .004 0.0 0.5 0.0
2015 mlb .002 0.6 1408 .001 -0.5 17 .033 -.002 -0.3 -0.4 0.2
2016 aaa -.001 -0.8 0 .000 0.0 64 -.024 .000 0.9 -0.4 0.5
2016 mlb -.002 0.0 58 .008 -0.1 0 .000 .000 0.0 -0.1 -0.1
2017 aaa -.016 -9.4 2165 -.001 0.5 39 -.022 .000 0.5 -8.2 -9.9
2018 aaa -.016 -3.1 652 -.001 0.2 14 .006 -.001 0.0 -3.1 -3.1
2018 mlb -.017 -1.0 250 .003 -0.2 1 -.004 .001 0.0 -1.3 -0.7

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