At one point not too long ago it appeared former Salt Lake Bees and Utah Utes star CJ Cron may end up back in the minors. But, after the Los Angeles Angels gave Raul Ibanez his walking papers this weekend, Cron may yet stay with the Angels in the big leagues.
Cron didn’t play last week but he made up for that in a big way this week, slamming three home runs, one on Sunday, June 22 to double his homer output to six since he was called up from AAA Salt Lake.
Cron has also batted a respectable .286 as a designated hitter with the Angels in 112 at-bats, which works out to 37 games he’s played in Los Angeles. Though Cron did have a bit of a slump, he seems to have worked his way out of it--and now he doesn’t want to look back.
“Not many guys even get this opportunity,” Cron said in an interview Sunday with the Los Angeles Daily News, “so when you do get it you want to make the most of it. You don’t want to put any doubt in their minds that you can’t play at this level.”
So far, Cron has done his job convincing the Angels that he belongs in Major League Baseball. In the last series that ended on Sunday, he hit three home runs against the Texas Rangers in their three-game series. He also went 4-for-10 from the plate against Texas, batting .285 with three RBI to go with his tape-measure blasts--which hovers right around the area at which he’s swinging the bat when he‘s playing well.
In sum, everyone goes through slumps in Major League Baseball. It’s almost a rite of passage for rookies like Cron to experience ups and downs as they try to find the right formula to stick in such a fickle and competitive league that calls up and sends down great players everyday. For now, Cron appears to be in good shape. But, as anyone knows who’s played in the big leagues, it can all change with one phone call.