C.J. Cron, DH, Los Angeles Angels, #24
Date of Birth: 1/5/1990
Birthplace: Fullerton, California
College: University of Utah
Current Salary: $565,000
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.
Career batting statistics for Cron through 2016 include:
- 308 games played
- 274 hits
- 157 RBIs
- 218 strikeouts to 51 walks
- .267 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Cron at first base through 2016 include:
- 191 games played
- 91 assists
- 134 double plays
- 1,367 putouts
- 13 errors
- .991 fielding percentage