Fernando Cruz
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 237LBS | Age: 33
Draft: 2007 | Rd: 6, #186, Kansas City Royals | Puerto Rico Advancement College HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 0 1 1.23 14 2 0 14.2 21 1.23
2023 1 2 4.09 54 2 0 61.2 92 1.15
2 Seasons 1 3 3.54 68 4 0 76.1 113 1.17
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 14 0-1 1.23 14.2 21 1.23
2023 54 1-2 4.09 61.2 92 1.15
2 Seasons 68 1-3 3.54 76.1 113 1.17
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2022 32 260 33 1 3.0 1.6 87.8 108.5 11.8 33.3 .195 .285 .263 .285 .343 33.3 32.8 14.1 1.23 3.34
2023 33 1041 135 10 7.4 3.9 88.7 112.7 16.7 37.0 .186 .321 .273 .270 .363 41.5 35.8 10.5 4.09 3.01
Player 1301 168 11 6.5 3.4 88.6 112.7 15.8 36.3 .187 .314 .271 .273 .359 39.9 35.2 11.2
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Cruz relies on 5 pitches.
Split Finger
(35.4%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(35.1%) ,
Cutter
(24.1%) ,
Slider
(4.9%) ,
Sinker
(0.5%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2022 42.4 30.3 21.2 6.1 36.4 42.4 21.2 6.1 27.3 27.3 30.3 6.1 3.0 1.6
2023 32.6 35.6 25.9 6.7 43.0 33.3 23.7 5.2 24.4 34.8 19.3 8.1 7.4 3.9
Player 34.5 34.5 25.0 6.5 41.7 35.1 23.2 5.4 25.0 33.3 21.4 7.7 6.5 3.4
MLB 44.7 23.4 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2023 Cutter CIN R 251 87.9 26.9 1.6 6 4.4 1.3 45
2023 Splitter CIN R 368 81.4 37.8 0.8 2 4.8 -3.4 -41
2023 Sinker CIN R 5 93.8 15.3 -6.6 -30 13.7 -1.4 -9
2023 4-Seamer CIN R 365 94.3 14.3 0.5 3 7.7 0.7 10
2023 Slider CIN R 51 83.3 37.2 -1.0 -3 5.6 -0.5 -9
2022 Cutter CIN R 116 86.7 32.2 -3.4 -12 6.1 3.3 118
2022 4-Seamer CIN R 64 94.3 13.8 0.7 5 7.0 -0.5 -7
2022 Sinker CIN R 4 93.5 19.4 -1.9 -9 14.9 0.2 2
2022 Splitter CIN R 76 81.7 37.0 2.0 6 3.0 -6.2 -68
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2023 Splitter 3.1 12 369 35.4 116 .093 .148 .153 56.4 63.8 34.1 .090 .133 .139 23.5
2023 4-Seamer 0.9 3 365 35.1 87 .278 .444 .368 17.9 16.1 19.4 .252 .424 .351 59.3
2023 Cutter -2.8 -7 251 24.1 44 .351 .676 .460 20.0 4.5 8.3 .337 .690 .465 33.3
2023 Slider 3.4 2 51 4.9 9 .125 .125 .178 45.5 22.2 25.0 .170 .203 .226 16.7
2023 Sinker -13.6 -1 5 0.5 1 -- -- .700 0.0 0.0 0.0 -- -- .700 --
2022 Cutter 0.8 1 116 44.6 21 .333 .389 .374 29.4 4.8 9.1 .323 .388 .370 17.6
2022 Splitter 0.7 1 76 29.2 27 .042 .083 .157 61.9 63.0 36.2 .084 .096 .149 14.3
2022 4-Seamer -0.5 0 64 24.6 14 .200 .500 .407 16.7 14.3 15.4 .240 .582 .446 75.0
2022 Sinker 18.9 1 4 1.5 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 50.0 50.0 .146 .146 .135 100.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Cutter 248 87.9 45 9.0 12:00 10:45 75
2023 4-Seam Fastball 356 94.3 94 17.9 1:00 1:00 0
2023 Splitter 262 81.4 65 7.3 1:30 2:15 -45
2023 Slider 46 83.5 39 7.3 9:00 9:15 -15
2022 Cutter 116 86.7 34 7.4 11:00 9:45 75
2022 4-Seam Fastball 64 94.3 90 18.0 1:00 12:45 15
2022 Splitter 66 81.7 40 5.3 1:45 2:00 -15
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2022 64 260 2 3 0 -2 2
2023 257 1,041 8 14 -8 -5 9
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2022 260 39.2 68.6 75.7 31.0 42.9 41.9 56.3 45.8 37.8 6.5 76.5
2023 1,041 45.1 70.0 76.6 31.2 43.3 40.0 54.1 48.7 34.9 6.6 79.7
Player 1,301 44.0 69.8 76.4 31.1 43.2 40.4 54.5 48.1 35.5 6.6 79.1
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2022 57 60 93
2023 92 98 90 74 91 75 60 58 33 98 21 94 76 54 48 79
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2022 22.3 1 1.0 0 0 1 0 0.0
2023 23.0 5 5.4 0 3 7 1 20.0
Player 22.9 6 6.3 0 3 8 1 16.7

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2022 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2023 5 5 4 3 6 3 6 5 5 4 7 8 4 5 8 5 6 4 5 8 5 5 8 5 5 3 5 6 6 7 5
Player 6 5 5 4 7 4 7 6 6 5 8 9 5 6 9 6 7 5 6 9 6 6 9 6 6 4 6 7 7 8 6
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2022 2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 89.5 91.7 2.2
Offspeed Velocity 81.7 81.4 -0.3
Breaking Velocity 0.0 83.3 0.0
Exit Velocity 87.8 88.7 0.9
Launch Angle 11.8 16.7 4.9
Barrel % 3.0 7.4 4.4
Hard Hit % 33.3 41.5 8.2
Sweet Spot % 33.3 37.0 3.7
xBA .195 .186 -0.009
BA .167 .196 0.029
xwOBA .285 .270 -0.015
wOBA .263 .273 0.010
xSLG .285 .321 0.036
SLG .259 .329 0.070
K% 32.8 35.8 3.0
BB% 14.1 10.5 -3.6
Swing % 45.8 48.7 2.9
Whiff% 37.8 34.9 -2.9
In Zone % 39.2 45.1 5.9
Out of Zone % 60.8 54.9 -5.9
Out of Zone Swing % 31.0 31.2 0.2
First Pitch Swing % 28.1 34.6 6.5
First Pitch Strike % 56.3 54.1 -2.2
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2022 Shifts 64 .263 35 7 20.0 29 23 79.3
2023 Shades 257 .273 141 12 8.5 116 76 65.5
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2022 68 19.3 1.5% 5.9% 47 22.5 0.0% 8.5%
2023 228 17.2 18.9% 0.0% 204 20.0 2.0% 2.5%
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Pitch Distribution