Is C.J. Cron The Future At First Base?

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Updated: March 12, 2017

The Angels have been patiently waiting for 27-year-old first baseman C.J. Cron to emerge as the everyday guy at first base. He’s entering his fourth season with the Halos and looks like he finally found his groove. Cron is crushing the ball this spring, and is making a strong case for everyday first base in Anaheim.

In 28 at-bats Cron is hitting .393 with two home runs and two RBI with 11 hits. He’s also stolen two bases, and is showing the Angels he can do everything. If Cron continues this performance he could earn the everyday job.

The Angels signed Luis Valbuena to a two-year $15 million deal as insurance for first and third base. The Angels might not need him if Cron can prove he’s the everyday guy at first.

Last season Cron hit .278 with 16 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games. Cron’s batting average has risen each of the last three seasons. His hits and RBI total have increased as well each of the last three years.

The most impressive stat is his increase in WAR. In 2014 Cron had a -0.3 WAR, then 0.2 WAR in ’15. Last season he finished with an outstanding 2.1 WAR, which isn’t MVP level, but a huge improvement for him.

It took some time, but Cron looks like he’s finally becoming an everyday player. The Angels will likely have to DH Albert Pujols more as he’s getting older. Prospect Matt Thaiss is not ready to play in the MLB yet. If Cron can continue this play he could find his way to the everyday first base job for 2017 and beyond.

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