CJ Cron could be the Angels' secret weapon.
As of right now, the Angels' starting lineup has been depleted a bit with injuries. Depth, however, has kept the ship afloat, and the Angels are still hitting well enough to win games.
The team is 19-17, and the return of Josh Hamilton, Kole Calhuon, and David Freese will help to push the Angels further away from .500. The emergence of CJ Cron could put the team's offense over the top as one of the offensive juggernauts of Major League Baseball.
In just seven games coming into today, Cron has a .417 / .440 / .667 slash line.
There's a good chance that the Angels signed designated hitter and outfielder Raul Ibanez to hold the fort until Cron was ready. It is very likely the team never intended to have Ibanez as an everyday player throughout the entire season.
Now that Cron is here, we may be seeing the transition from Ibanez to Cron at DH. Cron is also a first baseman, so he can allow Albert Pujols a day off the field at DH himself. This has been an option with Ibanez, but Raul is not a first baseman. This is another element that makes more sense having Cron in the everyday lineup.
Plus, with Cron hitting behind Hamilton, possibly in place of struggling Raul Ibanez, the Angels’ lineup at full strength might just slug their way through no matter what their pitching staff does.
The one thing Cron will really have to work on is his plate discipline. He has yet to draw a walk with the Halos, and he only drew 57 walks in 1,403 plate appearances in the minors. One can argue that he's Mark Trumbo's replacement, and they would be right. They're basically the same player.
From a roster/payroll standpoint, Cron is also under club control for five more years. Paying him the league minimum is a good enough justification to trade Trumbo for the much needed starting pitching the team acquired in the offseason.
Look for the Angels to continue having one of the better offenses in MLB, not just this season, but in the near future as well. This is something that has never really happened in Angels history.
With Cron in the mix with Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton, this team should be a lot of fun to watch.
Angels Insider News
- It has been confirmed that Matt Shoemaker will get the start tomorrow in Philadelphia against the Phillies. He is replacing Hector Santiago, who is now in the bullpen.
- Kole Calhoun has started running the bases in Arizona.
- Josh Hamilton is expected to start live batting practice this week.
- Left-hander Buddy Boshers cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Boshers was designated for assignment last week when the Halos claimed Brooks Raley off waivers from the Twins.
- The Angels acquired minor league right-hander Greg Billo from the Royals for cash considerations. Billo, 23, posted a 1.35 ERA with a 38-to-13 K/BB ratio in 40 innings at Class A Lexington last season. But has a 7.41 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 13 walks in 17 innings at Double-A this season. Kansas City selected Billo in the 28th round of the 2008 draft. Prior to 2012, Baseball America once regarded Billo as having the best command of any pitcher in the Royals’ system. But that is not translating as of right now. Should the Angels right that ship, they could have themselves another good young reliever for the future.
- The Angels signed outfielder Erik Komatsu to a minor league deal. Komatsu, 26, is a former Rule 5 pick, who saw brief MLB time with the Cardinals and Twins. He was recently released by the Nationals.