In perusing Rotoworlds depth charts for the upcoming season it was brought to my attention that Nelson Cruz may be in line for a starting job in Texas... also noticed that he has had a nice season in the Dominican Winter League...
Schandler seems to be fairly high on him... with all the talk about the two YOUNGS that will most likely have starting outfield jobs this year, does anyone think that Nelson Cruz has as big of a chance as a breakout candidate?
With a full-time job, is 0.270, 20 hr, 80 RBI, 15 SB attainable?
while the rest of my AL only leagues were jumping all over lee when he came over last year, I grabbed cruz. Your numbers are very realistic. he may never become a stud, but a solid player across the board. sammy sosa not withstanding, right field should be his for the forseeable future.
He'll be the starter in RF and will have to really suck to lose that job. Sosa was brought in to DH and be the 4th OF. In the Rangers eyes, Cruz is the future in RF. I think those numbers from him are certainly possible. He will hit lower in the order, though. Definitely worth a shot in an AL only or deep mixed league.
i watched pretty much all his games last season, i definitely like him.
although, much of that doesnt relate to fantasy. i really like him defensively in right. nice speed/range in RF, especially for a bigger guy. excellent arm.
offensively hes definitely got a lot of pop in his bat, but before id take him for fantasy hes got to prove he can hit for average at the mlb level. he strikes out a ton, which is fine if he can maintain hit .275 or so (.287 minor league career).
in his only full month in the lineup in september he was getting it together.
if he does hit for enough average to stay in the lineup all year, i think 20 homeruns is the lowest end of his projection, more like 25.
10-15 stolen bases is reasonable given showalters not the manager anymore and his decent minor league record.
so yeah.. i like him, but not quite yet for fantasy.
i might grab him in the last round or two, bench him and see how he starts off.