What Pros Wear: Nelson Cruz (Bat, Glove, Cleats, Batting Gloves, Sunglasses, Guard, Hitting Aid)
I’d say Cruz is settling in nicely in his new B-more digs, already setting franchise records in just his second month with the O’s. Guy’s got a heavyweight’s swing and when he’s locked in it doesn’t matter where you throw it, he’ll split it in half.
Cruz swings a number of bats and brands, but most recently we’ve seen the Marucci AP5 and the Slugger I13. These are both popular turning models for power guys and are available online.
He has also swung the Chandler CB13LC you see below in 2014:
Louisville Slugger H-Web
Nelson Cruz is far more recognized for his power than his glove, but Cruz plays a pretty good Left Field and has a rocket launcher for an arm. The H-Web Cruz wears is not available and as crazy as it sounds for the most popular pattern among MLB outfielders, Louisville does not offer a premium H-Web at all.
Cruz has flip-flopped on this over the last couple of years, leaving the New Balance 3000 for Nike’s MLB standard Huarache Pro. These are available online but Cruz’ colorway is slightly different than the one available online. You can also create your own colorway very similar to Cruz’.
Louisville Slugger Series 7 in Orange/Black and Grey/Black
Louisville Slugger has a couple of models with this same look, the Series 5 as well as the Series 7. It looks like the Series 5 is cheaper, but Cruz colorway is available.
Nelson Cruz’ sunglasses are a slick-looking pair of the Oakley Fast Jacket, with the following custom choices:
- Frame: Polished White
- Lens: Persimmon XL
- Lens: Grey
- Icon: Team White
- Earsock: White
You can shop Oakley Fast Jacket standard colorways here.
Another MLB slugger wearing an Evoshield elbow guard—what else is new? These are officially everywhere at this point as guys do their best to avoid taking 95 off the elbow.
Pro Hitter in Orange
Cruz wears a very popular MLB accessory, the Pro Hitter thumb aid. Check out the link for more info on this one and see it in the photo above.
Also, check out the photographer who took all of these great photos, Keith Allison.