C.J. Cron was a first-round draft pick last season.
Feb. 28, 2012
Prospect Q&A: Angels' Cron energized
First-round pick who lit up Pioneer League talks surgery, 2012
By Danny Wild / MLB.com
The Angels had C.J. Cron penciled in as their power first baseman of the future last summer when they drafted the 6-foot-4 slugger with the 17th overall pick out of Utah. But after a knee injury in August and the arrival of another first baseman named Albert Pujols in December, Cron's role with Anaheim has become cloudy.
Cron, who's father Chris played for the Angels in 1991, enters his first full season in the organization as its No. 3 hitting prospect, behind Mike Trout and Jean Segura, after appearing in just 34 games last season with Rookie-level Orem. Some scouts have already cast Cron as more of a future designated hitter than an infielder, but everyone agrees, the guy can hit. Cron batted .396 at Utah after passing on signing with the White Sox in 2008, putting him in line to be a first-rounder last year.