Pirates Sign Juan Cruz

The Pirates have signed 33 year old reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league contract with a Spring Training invitation.   Cruz has a career 4.13 ERA in 619.1 innings pitched over 11 seasons.  He’s a decent power pitcher with a K/9 ratio of 9.1 strikeouts, but last year it was lowered to 8.5 K/9.  While he will strike out some batters, he will walk some.  While his career K/BB ratio is 1.91 strikeouts per walk, it has been going down ever since it peaked with a 2.72 K/BB rate in 2007.  Cruz has thrown 104 innings in the Majors since 2009, which isn’t bad considering he had a cyst in his shoulder that shut him down for 2010.  Here’s a quick view of his career stats.  I’m not going to get into this too much, but he is past his prime to say the least.

Year Tm ERA SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1998 CHC-min 6.10 0 41.1 61 48 28 2 14 0 36 3 1.815 13.3 0.4 3.0 7.8 2.57 CBZ · ARIZ
1999 CHC-min 5.94 0 80.1 97 59 53 11 33 0 65 9 1.618 10.9 1.2 3.7 7.3 1.97 EUG · NORW
2000 CHC-min 3.27 0 140.1 105 72 51 11 78 0 160 16 1.304 6.7 0.7 5.0 10.3 2.05 LNS,DYT · MIDW,FLOR
2001 CHC-min 4.01 0 121.1 107 56 54 6 60 0 137 16 1.376 7.9 0.4 4.5 10.2 2.28 WTN · SOUL
2001 CHC 3.22 0 44.2 40 16 16 4 17 1 39 2 130 1.276 8.1 0.8 3.4 7.9 2.29
2002 CHC 3.98 1 97.1 84 56 43 11 59 4 81 8 102 1.469 7.8 1.0 5.5 7.5 1.37
2003 CHC-min 1.95 0 50.2 37 12 11 1 11 0 47 4 0.947 6.6 0.2 2.0 8.3 4.27 IWA · PCL
2003 CHC 6.05 0 61.0 66 44 41 7 28 0 65 7 72 1.541 9.7 1.0 4.1 9.6 2.32
2004 ATL 2.75 0 72.0 59 24 22 7 30 1 70 2 158 1.236 7.4 0.9 3.8 8.8 2.33
2005 OAK-min 2.40 0 75.0 51 23 20 4 28 0 90 5 1.053 6.1 0.5 3.4 10.8 3.21 SAC · PCL
2005 OAK 7.44 0 32.2 38 33 27 5 22 4 34 4 59 1.837 10.5 1.4 6.1 9.4 1.55
2006 ARI-min 2.70 0 3.1 4 1 1 0 1 0 4 1 1.500 10.8 0.0 2.7 10.8 4.00 TUC · PCL
2006 ARI 4.18 0 94.2 80 45 44 7 47 2 88 11 113 1.342 7.6 0.7 4.5 8.4 1.87
2007 ARI-min 0.00 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 22.5 TUC · PCL
2007 ARI 3.10 0 61.0 45 28 21 7 32 3 87 5 154 1.262 6.6 1.0 4.7 12.8 2.72
2008 ARI-min 3.00 0 3.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 TUC · PCL
2008 ARI 2.61 0 51.2 34 17 15 5 31 0 71 3 179 1.258 5.9 0.9 5.4 12.4 2.29
2009 KCR 5.72 2 50.1 46 34 32 6 29 1 38 1 78 1.490 8.2 1.1 5.2 6.8 1.31
2010 KCR 3.38 0 5.1 9 2 2 0 4 0 7 0 132 2.438 15.2 0.0 6.8 11.8 1.75
2011 TBD-min 0.00 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2.000 18.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 POE · FLOR
2011 TBR 3.88 0 48.2 36 21 21 5 28 2 46 0 96 1.315 6.7 0.9 5.2 8.5 1.64
11 Seasons 4.13 3 619.1 537 320 284 64 327 18 626 43 106 1.395 7.8 0.9 4.8 9.1 1.91
162 Game Avg. 4.13 0 95 83 49 44 10 50 3 96 7 106 1.395 7.8 0.9 4.8 9.1 1.91
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/2/2012.
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