C.J. Cron, DH, Los Angeles Angels, #24
Date of Birth: 1/5/1990
Birthplace: Fullerton, California
College: University of Utah
C.J. Cron, designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels, was first drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2008 but he opted for college instead. After playing successfully in college for three years, he was drafted in 2011 by the Angels. Cron's father, Chris, also played in the major leagues but his career lasted for just two years, including one year with the Angels. He followed his playing career with a long career as a manager in the minor leagues. Cron's younger brother Kevin plays in the Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league system.
Cron played in the Angels' minor league system from 2011 through the beginning of 2014. He finished with a .289 batting average with 376 hits, 85 doubles, 60 home runs, and 273 RBIs in 325 games.
Cron joined the Angels for 79 games in 2014. He finished the season with 62 hits, 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 37 RBIs, 61 strikeouts to 10 walks, and a .256 batting average. Defensively, he played 36 games at first base. In the 2014 post-season, he had one hit in three games.
In 2015, Cron played in 113 games with the Angels. He finished the season with a .262 batting average, 99 hits, 17 doubles, 16 home runs, and 51 RBIs. Defensively, at first base, he made 31 assists, 33 double plays, 385 putouts, and 6 errors for a .986 fielding percentage.
Cron played in 116 games with the Angels in 2016. He finished the season with 113 hits, 25 doubles, 16 home runs, 69 RBIs, and a .278 batting average. Defensively, as the Angels' first baseman in 97 games, he made 48 assists, 78 double plays, 761 putouts, and 6 errors.
In 2017, Cron batted .248 in 100 games with the Angels. He had 84 hits, 14 doubles, 16 home runs, 56 RBIs, and 96 strikeouts to 22 walks. Defensively, as the Angels' first baseman in 98 games, he made 61 assists, 63 double plays, 745 putouts, and 4 errors. He had a .995 fielding percentage.
Career batting statistics for Cron through 2017 include:
- 408 games played
- 358 hits
- 213 RBIs
- 314 strikeouts to 73 walks
- .262 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Cron at first base through 2017 include:
- 289 games played
- 152 assists
- 197 double plays
- 2,112 putouts
- 17 errors
- .993 fielding percentage