With David Freese on the 15-day DL due to a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger, a playing opportunity has opened up for Los Angeles Angels prospect C.J. Cron.
The 24-year-old was stellar in his MLB debut on May 3 against the Texas Rangers, recording three hits with two RBIs, including a go-ahead RBI single that helped lift the Halos to a 5-3 win. Cron followed it up the next night by collecting two more hits, but has struggled in his last two games as he has gone hitless in six at-bats.
Although he has appeared to hit a rough patch over the last couple of games, Cron is gaining valuable experience at the major league level, which is something that could a long way in helping his progression along as a hitter.
The Angels’ No. 2 prospect has shown further development this season at triple-A prior to the call-up as he was hitting .319 with six home runs, 26 RBIs, 19 runs scored in 28 games played. Cron has clearly benefited from his Spring Training experience, where he batted .292 with one home run and six RBI in 12 games. The current experience he is gaining in the big leagues may boost his confidence even further and help him continue to produce at a high level once he is sent back down to the minors with the return of either Freese or Josh Hamilton.
This is the perfect opportunity for the Angels to give one of their top prospects at-bats against pitchers in the majors and see what adjustments he will need to make in order to get better. Although Los Angeles is playing without two key bats in their lineup, this may be a blessing in disguise for them as Cron’s first cup of tea could have a huge positive impact on his career moving forward.