He started his Major League Baseball career in grand style, smashing a tape-measure home run that went over 440 feet in Toronto, his batting average well over .300. But now that his bat has failed him somewhat the past several weeks, former Utah Utes and current Los Angeles Angels player CJ Cron is at a crossroads.
For him, the news that perennial All-Star Josh Hamilton has recovered from an injury and rehabbed successfully with the Salt Lake Bees--the Angels AAA minor league affiliate--is not necessarily good news. In fact, it’s not good news at all because the person being sent back down to Salt Lake could be either pitcher Grant Green--or Cron.
In 25 games with the Angels, Cron has batted .295 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 78 at-bats. In his first week in the big leagues, Cron hit two of those home runs--including an upper deck blast in Toronto that went viral--and had seven RBI. After that, however, Cron has cooled down considerably, putting just one homer over the fence and hitting just four RBI.
His last good game came one week ago when he went 2-for-4 with a home run at Seattle. Prior to those at-bats, Cron hadn’t hit a homer since the 12th of May. If you were to take his stats on a 162-game, full season average, he would hit .295 with 19 home runs and 71 RBI. Nice numbers indeed, but certainly not All-Star caliber--which Hamilton undoubtedly is when healthy.
So for Cron, his first trip to the majors may end earlier than he anticipated. But, you cannot argue that his first trip to the big time wasn’t one that didn’t have excitement. And if he does end up staying put in Los Angeles, you hope he gets his bat going so that he can enjoy this chance of a lifetime in La La Land.