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Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: September 13, 1972 in Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
High School: Puerto Plata (Puerto Plata, DO)
Signed
by the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent in 1989. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 1, 1997 (Age 24.322)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1999 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Astros/Tigers/Rockies/WhiteSox 1997-2003

Final Game: July 9, 2003 (Age 30.299)
Relatives: Cousin of Jose Roman
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Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1992 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
1993 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
1994 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
1997 24 CHW AL 0 2 .000 6.49 19 0 5 0 0 0 26.1 29 19 19 6 9 1 23 0 0 3 116 68 5.35 1.443 9.9 2.1 3.1 7.9 2.56
1999 26 DET AL 2 5 .286 5.67 29 6 10 0 0 0 66.2 74 44 42 11 23 1 46 3 0 2 295 86 5.07 1.455 10.0 1.5 3.1 6.2 2.00
2000 27 DET AL 5 2 .714 3.07 27 0 12 0 0 0 41.0 39 14 14 4 13 3 34 3 0 2 172 153 3.91 1.268 8.6 0.9 2.9 7.5 2.62
2001 28 HOU NL 3 3 .500 4.15 66 0 16 0 0 2 82.1 72 41 38 11 24 4 75 9 1 0 342 112 4.17 1.166 7.9 1.2 2.6 8.2 3.13
2002 29 HOU NL 2 6 .250 4.48 43 5 11 0 0 0 78.1 90 44 39 12 29 4 61 6 0 4 360 97 4.74 1.519 10.3 1.4 3.3 7.0 2.10
2003 30 COL NL 3 5 .375 7.21 20 7 1 0 0 0 53.2 65 43 43 15 11 2 38 3 0 3 233 69 6.03 1.416 10.9 2.5 1.8 6.4 3.45
2004 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
6 Yrs 15 23 .395 5.04 204 18 55 0 0 2 348.1 369 205 195 59 109 15 277 24 1 14 1518 93 4.81 1.372 9.5 1.5 2.8 7.2 2.54
162 Game Avg. 5 7 .395 5.04 62 6 17 0 0 1 107 113 63 60 18 33 5 85 7 0 4 465 93 4.81 1.372 9.5 1.5 2.8 7.2 2.54
HOU (2 yrs) 5 9 .357 4.31 109 5 27 0 0 2 160.2 162 85 77 23 53 8 136 15 1 4 702 104 4.44 1.338 9.1 1.3 3.0 7.6 2.57
DET (2 yrs) 7 7 .500 4.68 56 6 22 0 0 0 107.2 113 58 56 15 36 4 80 6 0 4 467 103 4.63 1.384 9.4 1.3 3.0 6.7 2.22
COL (1 yr) 3 5 .375 7.21 20 7 1 0 0 0 53.2 65 43 43 15 11 2 38 3 0 3 233 69 6.03 1.416 10.9 2.5 1.8 6.4 3.45
CHW (1 yr) 0 2 .000 6.49 19 0 5 0 0 0 26.1 29 19 19 6 9 1 23 0 0 3 116 68 5.35 1.443 9.9 2.1 3.1 7.9 2.56
NL (3 yrs) 8 14 .364 5.04 129 12 28 0 0 2 214.1 227 128 120 38 64 10 174 18 1 7 935 92 4.84 1.358 9.5 1.6 2.7 7.3 2.72
AL (3 yrs) 7 9 .438 5.04 75 6 27 0 0 0 134.0 142 77 75 21 45 5 103 6 0 7 583 94 4.77 1.396 9.5 1.4 3.0 6.9 2.29
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1997 24 CHW AL 26.1 19 0 19 6.49 4.95 -0.16 -0.37 97.0 4.60 -6 -0.5 1.0 -0.1 -0.3 -3 .472 .497
1999 26 DET AL 66.2 29 6 44 5.94 5.18 0.22 -0.11 102.8 4.99 -7 -0.6 .9 -0.1 -0.0 1 .478 .496 $210,000
2000 27 DET AL 41.0 27 0 14 3.07 5.38 0.02 -0.39 96.1 4.77 7 0.7 1.5 0.1 1.2 13 .526 .504 $250,000
2001 28 HOU NL 82.1 66 0 41 4.48 4.74 -0.02 -0.36 106.9 4.71 2 0.2 .9 -0.2 0.7 9 .503 .501 $285,000
2002 29 HOU NL 78.1 43 5 44 5.06 4.53 -0.30 -0.21 105.1 4.86 -2 -0.2 .8 -0.1 0.3 5 .495 .499 $375,000
2003 30 COL NL 53.2 20 7 43 7.21 4.71 0.06 0.01 121.9 5.67 -9 -0.9 .8 -0.0 -0.5 -4 .454 .494 $700,000
6 Seasons 348.1 204 18 205 5.30 4.86 -0.03 -0.22 106.0 4.94 -15 -1.4 1.0 -0.4 1.4 21 .493 .499 $1,820,000
HOU (2 yrs) 160.2 109 5 85 4.76 4.64 -0.16 -0.28 106.0 4.78 -0 -0.0 .9 -0.3 1.1 14 .500 .500 $660,000
DET (2 yrs) 107.2 56 6 58 4.85 5.26 0.15 -0.22 100.3 4.90 0 0.0 1.2 -0.0 1.2 14 .501 .500 $460,000
COL (1 yr) 53.2 20 7 43 7.21 4.71 0.06 0.01 121.9 5.67 -9 -0.9 .8 -0.0 -0.5 -4 .454 .494 $700,000
CHW (1 yr) 26.1 19 0 19 6.49 4.95 -0.16 -0.37 97.0 4.60 -6 -0.5 1.0 -0.1 -0.3 -3 .472 .497

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2001 28 HOU NL NLDS L ATL 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 9 0.750 3.4 0.0 3.4 3.4 1.00
1 NLDS 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 9 0.750 3.4 0.0 3.4 3.4 1.00

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1992 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
1993 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
1994 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
1997 24 CHW AL 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1999 26 DET AL 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2000 27 DET AL 27 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2001 28 HOU NL 66 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333 -15 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2002 29 HOU NL 43 16 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 .000 .071 .000 .071 -79 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
2003 30 COL NL 20 15 13 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .231 .385 -7 3 0 0 2 0 0 1
2004 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
6 Yrs 204 38 33 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 12 .091 .118 .121 .239 -39 4 0 0 4 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 30 26 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 10 .091 .118 .121 .239 -39 3 0 0 3 0 0
HOU (2 yrs) 109 22 19 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 10 .053 .100 .053 .153 -59 1 0 0 2 0 0
DET (2 yrs) 56 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
COL (1 yr) 20 15 13 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .231 .385 -7 3 0 0 2 0 0
CHW (1 yr) 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NL (3 yrs) 129 37 32 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 12 .094 .121 .125 .246 -38 4 0 0 4 0 0
AL (3 yrs) 75 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1997 24 CHW AL 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1999 26 DET AL 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $210,000 1
2000 27 DET AL 27 1 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $250,000 1
2001 28 HOU NL 66 6 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 $285,000 1
2002 29 HOU NL 43 16 -2 -0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $375,000 1
2003 30 COL NL 20 15 -2 -0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $700,000 1
6 Seasons 204 38 -5 -0 0 0 6 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $1,820,000
HOU (2 yrs) 109 22 -3 -0 0 0 4 1 0.0 0 1 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 -0.0 1 $660,000
DET (2 yrs) 56 1 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $460,000
COL (1 yr) 20 15 -2 -0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $700,000
CHW (1 yr) 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2001 28 HOU NL NLDS ATL L 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLDS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rdrs Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1997 CHW AL 24 P 19 0 0 26.1 4 3 1 0 0 1.000 1.37 0.21 .955 1.71 1.69 2 0 0% 32% 0
1999 DET AL 26 P 29 6 0 66.2 27 8 17 2 0 .926 3.38 0.86 .952 1.69 1.66 5 2 29% 33% 0
2000 DET AL 27 P 27 0 0 41.0 7 1 6 0 1 1.000 1.54 0.26 .956 1.62 1.60 1 1 50% 30% 1
2001 HOU NL 28 P 66 0 0 82.1 23 8 14 1 0 .957 2.40 0.33 .959 1.75 1.73 4 6 60% 33% 1
2002 HOU NL 29 P 43 5 0 78.1 17 5 12 0 0 1.000 1.95 0.40 .963 1.83 1.81 5 1 17% 32% 0
2003 COL NL 30 P 20 7 0 53.2 12 6 6 0 2 1.000 -1 -4 2.01 0.60 .957 1.84 1.83 4 3 43% 31% 0
6 Seasons P 204 18 0 348.1 90 31 56 3 3 .967 -1 -3 2.25 0.43 .957 1.75 1.73 21 13 38% 32% 2
6 Seasons TOT 204 18 0 348.1 90 31 56 3 3 .967 -1 -22 2.25 0.43 .957 1.75 1.73 21 13 38% 32% 2
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1999 26 Detroit Tigers $210,000 ? 11/19/99 USA Today
2000 27 Detroit Tigers $250,000 ? 2001 Joint Exhibit 1
2001 28 Houston Astros $285,000 ? 4/6/01 USA Today
2002 29 Houston Astros $375,000 ? 4/3/02 AP
2003 30 Colorado Rockies $700,000 ? 4/3/03 AP
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,820,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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