The Angels Monday selected first baseman C.J. Cron during the first round (17th selection) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Today's announcement was made by Angels' Director of Scouting Ric Wilson.
"We really wanted to go after the best player available," said Wilson. "We like his power and hit combination and really see him as a middle of the order type of hitter. I have known and followed C.J. for a long time and this kid is really a hard worker. I have no doubt he will get the most out of his abilities."
Cron, 21, was a two-time All-American and back-to-back Mountain West Conference "Player of the Year" for the University of Utah, as well as a 2011 Golden Spikes semifinalist. During his 2011 junior season, Cron recorded a .434 average (86/198) with 26 doubles, 15 home runs, and 59 RBI in 49 games.
During the 2011 campaign, Cron was named a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Among all collegiate performers, he ranked second nationally in doubles per game (0.53), third in average (.434), sixth in total bases (159) and ninth in on-base percentage (.517). Cron had a hit in all but four games during the season and reached base in all but one game. He recorded a 70-game reached base streak dating back to 2010 that ended on the final game of the year.
His memorable season included 31 bases on balls, 22 of those intentional, along with 29 multiple-hit games, and 16 multiple-RBI performances.
Cron was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the eighth selection in the 44th round (1,320th overall). A 2007 Louisville Slugger Honorable Mention All-American, Cron hit .421 with eight home runs and 35 RBI as a senior in 2008 at Mountain Pointe (AZ) High School. He concluded his prep career as a two-time all-state, all-region, all-city performer.
In 2009 the native of Fullerton, CA was the lone player in the country to record three hits in a game (May 14) against Stephen Strasburg, the eventual No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound first baseman finished his collegiate career with a .396 average (254/641), including 61 doubles, 46 home runs and 198 RBI in addition to a .713 slugging percentage and a .456 on-base percentage in 157 overall games.
Cron hails from a baseball family. His father Chris was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur draft and would eventually make his MLB debut with the-then California Angels on August 15, 1991. After finishing his playing career, the elder Cron began a minor league managerial career with the Chicago White Sox organization that included stints in Bristol (1995), Hickory (1996-97), Winston Salem (1998, 2005), Birmingham (1999, 2006), Colorado Springs (2000-02), Great Falls (2003, 2007-08, 2010), Kannapolis (2004). This season he is managing the Erie SeaWolves (AA) in the Detroit organization. His brother Kevin is a catcher who has committed to attending TCU.
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