Heading into 2014 Spring Training, first base prospect C.J. Cron will be looking to make a name for himself in his fourth season in the Los Angeles Angels organization. Cron, who is third on MLB.com’s 2014 first basemen prospects list and also the Halos’ no. 2 rated prospect, has been a very productive player in the minor leagues since the Angels selected him with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
However, Cron took a step back in production in 2013 as he hit .274 with 14 home runs and 83 RBIs in 134 games with the Angels’ double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers. That said, he appeared to have found his way as a hitter in the Arizona Fall League, winning the batting title by hitting .413 to go along with five home runs, 20 RBIs and 12 extra-base hits in 20 games played.
In his three seasons in the minor leagues, the young right-handed hitter has also shown the impressive ability to hit for power while keeping his strikeouts down, as he has only struck out 189 times in 1187 career at-bats.
So with an invitation to this year’s Spring Training, Cron has the opportunity to show to the organization that he has continued to develop as a hitter by driving in runs and flashing his power, just as former Angel Mark Trumbo did in 2011 Spring Training. However, it is not likely that Cron will make the major league roster regardless how he performs due to the fact that the team has two first basemen in Albert Pujols and Carlos Pena under contract.
That said, he can certainly prove that he is ready to move one step closer to majors by making the jump to the Halos’ triple-A affiliate in the Salt Lake this upcoming season.