When most high school and college products from the state of Utah reach Major League Baseball, it’s usually for a cup of coffee before going back down to the minors. For CJ Cron, the former Utah Utes and Salt Lake Bees star, he’s not only staying -- he’s muscling his way into the Los Angeles Angels starting lineup.
Cron may never take over Albert Pujols spot at first base, as indicated in this Yahoo! Sports article on Tuesday, May 13 -- but he certainly might take over as the team’s designated hitter if things keep going the way they are.
Cron is hitting .393 for the Angels as of Tuesday. In just eight games in the big leagues, Cron has also smashed two home runs --- including a 468-foot tape measure blast in Toronto last week. It was his first big league homer in the majors -- and the video of it went viral on YouTube because of the fact that his major league monstrosity reached the second deck of the massive Rogers Centre.
According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Cron’s jack in Canada was among the top 5 home runs of the year thus far. Combine his power with six RBI, and you realize that not only might Cron be in La La Land longer than a cup of coffee at Mel‘s Diner, he might be a starter soaking up the limelight on Hollywood and Vine.
Cron is 11-for-28 at the plate for the Angels, which is miles better than his closest competitor at DH, 42-year-old Raul Ibanez. So for now, Cron looks to have the starting DH position locked up and sewn tight like a Rawlings baseball.
Cron, who was the 17th overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, also knows that every game in the big leagues could be his last, and that the Class AAA Salt Lake Bees would gladly have him back if he were to struggle in the majors. Right now, that possibility seems highly unlikely.