Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Nelson Cruz Report

Nelson Cruz, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 1998, Dominican Republic
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'3", 170 lbs

Cruz was the biggest chip going to the Brewers in the Kieth Ginter trade last week. He had a big breakthrough this season, putting up great numbers for both Modesto and Midland. In the California League, he posted a .345/.407/.582 line with 27 doubles, 11 home runs, 24 walks, and 73 strikeouts in 261 at bats. And in 262 Texas League at bats, he hit .313/.377/.542 with 14 doubles, 14 home runs, 26 walks, and 69 strikeouts. Is it for real or did he just have an early career year? I think he stands a good chance of keeping at least some of those gains, but he has to keep most of them to be a really god regular. He had a great season in the Dominican Summer League in 2000, but he was 20 years old and he subsequently had 3 mediocre seasons in the low minors before this year. 2005 will tell us a lot about whether he'll ever be a major leaguer.

ETA: Mid-2005
3 Stars

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