Fernando Cruz
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 237LBS | Age: 34
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 4.91 58 2 0 66 98 1.21
2024 0 1 2.70 6 0 0 6.2 13 0.60
3 Seasons 1 4 4.12 78 4 0 87.1 132 1.17
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 14 0-1 1.23 14.2 21 1.23
2023 58 1-2 4.91 66 98 1.21
2024 6 0-1 2.70 6.2 13 0.60
3 Seasons 78 1-4 4.12 87.1 132 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 1120 150 15 10.0 5.4 89.1 112.7 17.0 38.7 .204 .362 .290 .288 .394 41.3 35.1 10.0 4.91 3.45
2024 34 97 9 0 0.0 0.0 88.8 103.0 8.5 22.2 .133 .153 .149 .189 .289 33.3 52.0 12.0 2.70 1.44
Player 1477 192 16 8.3 4.3 88.9 112.7 15.7 37.0 .198 .335 .276 .280 .380 39.6 35.9 10.9
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Cruz relies on 3 pitches.
Split Finger
(45.4%) ,
Cutter
(28.9%) ,
Four Seamer
(25.8%) ,


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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 30.7 34.7 28.0 7.3 44.0 31.3 24.7 4.7 22.7 33.3 21.3 7.3 10.0 5.4
2024 44.4 22.2 33.3 0.0 33.3 44.4 22.2 0.0 44.4 22.2 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
Player 33.3 33.3 27.1 6.8 42.2 33.9 24.0 4.7 24.5 31.8 23.4 6.8 8.3 4.3
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.8 7.0 37.0 37.5 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
2024 Split-Finger CIN R 44 81.9 38.0 1.2 3 6.1 -2.3 -28
2024 4-Seam Fastball CIN R 25 94.4 12.4 1.7 12 6.1 -1.2 -17
2024 Cutter CIN R 28 89.2 24.7 1.7 6 3.9 1.0 33
2023 4-Seam Fastball CIN R 394 94.3 14.2 0.5 3 7.7 0.7 10
2023 Split-Finger CIN R 401 81.4 37.8 0.9 2 4.8 -3.3 -40
2023 Sinker CIN R 5 93.8 15.3 -6.6 -30 13.7 -1.4 -9
2023 Slider CIN R 51 83.3 37.2 -1.1 -3 5.6 -0.5 -7
2023 Cutter CIN R 268 87.9 26.8 1.5 5 4.4 1.4 46
2022 Cutter CIN R 116 86.7 32.2 -3.4 -12 6.1 3.3 116
2022 Sinker CIN R 4 93.5 19.4 -1.9 -9 14.9 0.2 2
2022 Split-Finger CIN R 76 81.7 37.0 2.0 6 3.0 -6.2 -68
2022 4-Seam Fastball CIN R 64 94.3 13.8 0.7 5 7.0 -0.5 -7
! 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 %
2024 Split-Finger 6.2 3 44 45.4 16 .000 .000 .044 75.0 81.3 59.1 .033 .038 .073 50.0
2024 Cutter -3.4 -1 28 28.9 3 .000 .000 .533 50.0 0.0 -- .216 .243 .366 0.0
2024 4-Seam Fastball 5.0 1 25 25.8 6 .250 .750 .383 18.2 0.0 0.0 .466 .540 .406 40.0
2023 Split-Finger 2.7 11 402 35.9 125 .094 .154 .152 56.7 64.0 33.5 .093 .137 .137 24.3
2023 4-Seam Fastball 0.0 0 394 35.2 96 .300 .512 .397 16.7 14.6 17.9 .285 .493 .384 56.7
2023 Cutter -3.4 -9 268 23.9 48 .390 .732 .493 18.5 4.2 8.3 .365 .769 .495 35.0
2023 Slider 3.4 2 51 4.6 9 .125 .125 .178 45.5 22.2 25.0 .181 .227 .234 16.7
2023 Sinker -12.5 -1 5 0.4 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 Split-Finger 0.7 1 76 29.2 27 .042 .083 .157 61.9 63.0 36.2 .084 .096 .149 14.3
2022 4-Seam Fastball -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
2024 Cutter 28 89.2 45 9.6 12:00 11:00 60
2024 4-Seam Fastball 25 94.4 91 19.0 1:00 12:45 15
2024 Splitter 37 81.9 54 8.0 1:30 2:30 -60
2023 Cutter 265 87.9 45 9.0 12:00 10:45 75
2023 4-Seam Fastball 385 94.3 94 17.9 1:00 1:00 0
2023 Splitter 289 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
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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 279 1,120 6 11 -8 -5 3
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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 1,120 45.2 70.6 76.5 31.1 44.5 39.7 54.5 48.9 34.5 7.1 81.3
2024 97 38.1 59.5 81.8 38.3 4.3 48.5 60.0 46.4 57.8 5.2 60.0
Player 1,477 43.7 69.6 76.6 31.6 40.7 40.7 55.2 48.2 36.5 6.9 79.4
MLB 48.6 66.9 82.0 28.4 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 80 92 76 51 81 60 19 47 35 99 26 94 76 54 48 79
2024 97 97 98 100 92 82 82 50 69 100 23 100 95
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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 22.4 6 6.8 -1 5 8 2 33.3
Player 22.4 7 7.8 -1 5 9 2 28.6

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 6 6 5 4 8 5 9 6 6 5 9 11 5 7 8 7 10 6 6 9 6 6 9 6 7 4 7 8 7 7 6
Player 7 6 6 5 9 6 10 7 7 6 10 12 6 8 9 8 11 7 7 10 7 7 10 7 8 5 8 9 8 8 7
! 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 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 89.5 91.7 2.2 91.7 0.0
Offspeed Velocity 81.7 81.4 -0.3 81.9 0.5
Breaking Velocity 0.0 83.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
Exit Velocity 87.8 89.1 1.3 88.8 -0.3
Launch Angle 11.8 17.0 5.2 8.5 -8.5
Barrel % 3.0 10.0 7.0 0.0 -10.0
Hard Hit % 33.3 41.3 8.0 33.3 -8.0
Sweet Spot % 33.3 38.7 5.4 22.2 -16.5
xBA .195 .204 0.009 .133 -0.071
BA .167 .211 0.044 .048 -0.163
xwOBA .285 .288 0.003 .189 -0.099
wOBA .263 .290 0.027 .149 -0.141
xSLG .285 .362 0.077 .153 -0.209
SLG .259 .366 0.107 .143 -0.223
K% 32.8 35.1 2.3 52.0 16.9
BB% 14.1 10.0 -4.1 12.0 2.0
Swing % 45.8 48.9 3.1 46.4 -2.5
Whiff% 37.8 34.5 -3.3 57.8 23.3
In Zone % 39.2 45.2 6.0 38.1 -7.1
Out of Zone % 60.8 54.8 -6.0 61.9 7.1
Out of Zone Swing % 31.0 31.1 0.1 38.3 7.2
First Pitch Swing % 28.1 34.8 6.7 36.0 1.2
First Pitch Strike % 56.3 54.5 -1.8 60.0 5.5
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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 279 .290 151 12 7.9 128 83 64.8
2024 Shades 25 .149 11 2 18.2 14 12 85.7
! 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 253 17.4 17.8% 0.4% 224 19.9 1.8% 2.2%
2024 28 17.1 14.3% 0.0% 13 19.6 7.7% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution


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