2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Nelson Cruz
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
In an evergreen thought, Nelson Cruz gets overlooked in fantasy due to his limited eligibility as a utility player. Over the last three years, Cruz ranks second in home runs (119), third in RBI (327) and tied for 25th in average (.284) across the triple crown categories. In 2019, only Cruz and J.D. Martinez ranked in the top 10 of these three in the American League. Of course, Martinez gets taken in the second round in drafts while Cruz hovers near pick number 97 according to early average draft position in NFBC formats.
Last year, Cruz appeared in 120 games with 521 plate appearances, 81 runs, 41 home runs, 108 RBI and a .311/.392/.639 slash line. Cruz ranked sixth in the American League in average, third in home runs and seventh in RBI despite missing time with a wrist injury. He also finished second in the league in slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging (1.031).
According to Statcast, Cruz rated as one of the elite hitters in 2019 as well. Check out his rankings...