When David Freese went down with a displaced fracture in his right hand earlier this month, the Los Angeles Angels made the decision to call up one of their top prospects in first baseman C.J. Cron.
Cron, who entered the 2014 season as the Angels’ No.2 prospect, was on a tear offensively at the triple-A level as he was hitting .319 with six home runs in 28 games played. The 24-year-old has continued to impress since being called up on May 3. He is batting .300 with three home runs as he has split duties at first base, DH and as a PH. Cron had played well enough that it has earned him extra time in the majors even though Freese has already returned from his injury.
What Cron’s high level of play has shown the Angels is that they should give him a shot at possibly nabbing some more playing time away from the struggling Raul Ibanez, who is batting just .154 with three home runs and has only two multi-hit games this season. The Fullerton product has continued to produce despite being moved around in the lineup on a daily basis.
His level of production has become quite hard to ignore, especially given his performance in Tuesday’s 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners as he collected a pair of hits that included an RBI double and a solo home run.
In over three weeks at the major league level, Cron has shown himself to be a confident hitter against opposing pitchers, and has for the most part been a more productive player than Ibanez. So as Josh Hamilton nears his return, the Angels should seriously consider keeping the promising slugger on their roster and in the lineup, as this may be the break that he needs to showcase that he not only belongs in the majors, but can be a productive player for years to come.