Player Profile: C.J. Cron

Updated: June 18, 2016

A recent bright spot in the Angels lineup has been first baseman C.J. Cron. Cron is currently hitting .258, but is hitting .304 in the last 30 games with a .543 slugging percentage. He was born locally and drafted out of University of Utah but his family is well experienced with baseball.

Cron has baseball in his blood.  Born just down the street in Fullerton, Cron comes from a family of baseball players. His father, Chris Cron, played in the Majors with the Angels and the Chicago White Sox and is currently the minor league hitting coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks. His brother, Kevin Cron is currently in infielder in the Seattle Mariners organization. His cousin Chad Moeller played in the Majors for nine years.

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C.J. Cron was drafted 17th overall in the 2011 draft. He made his Major League debut on May 3, 2014 vs. Texas Rangers, where he went 3-5 with 2 RBI, including 2 go-ahead hits. He was the first Angel with two go-ahead hits in his debut since Don Baylor for the Orioles in 1970.

Not only is he solid offensively, Cron gets the job done at first base. He currently has a .991 fielding percentage in 50 games played. He has started in 37 of those games. Offensively, he has appeared in 58 games. If he is not at first base, Cron is often in the DH spot.

It seems like C.J. Cron is constantly coming up clutch, whether it is a game winning home-run or just a base hit to start a rally. Most recently, Cron saved the day May 31st with a walk-off homerun against the Tigers after the Angels blew a 7-run lead.

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