C.J. Cron was a first-round draft pick in 2011.
May 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Former Utah baseball All-American C.J. Cron was called up to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, May 3. Cron is slated to make his major league debut tonight against the Texas Rangers, batting fifth at designated hitter.
Cron is hitting .319 in 28 games for the Salt Lake Bees this season. He has six home runs and 12 doubles.
Cron became Utah's first-ever first-round draft pick when he was selected 17th overall by the Angels in 2011. He set the Utah career record with a .396 batting average during his three-year career. A two-time first-team All-American, Cron was a 2011 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and a two-time Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist. He was a two-time NCBWA District VIII Player of the Year and a two-time MWC Player of the Year, and also earned MWC Freshman of the Year honors. In 2009, Cron only player in the country to get three hits in a game off No. 1 MLB draft pick Stephen Strasburg.
Recent former Utes in the majors include Stephen Fife, who has started 15 games for the Dodgers from 2012-13 and started this season with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, and Chris Shelton, who spent five years in the majors (2004-06, 08-09).
And an update from the Angels:
A postgame shower after going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a double in his debut: