C.J. Cron

C.J. Cron

31-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Colorado Rockies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Cron only managed to play 13 games before requiring season-ending surgery on his sprained left knee. His .894 OPS is misleading as it was propelled by a .548 SLG, much higher than his Statcast expected level. The low xSLG and his .190 BA reflect a big drop in average exit velocity -- Cron is usually among the league leaders in that department. However, considering it was only 52 PA, nothing should be read into it. Cron's time with the Tigers came to an end and the market has been slow for a 31-year-old right-handed hitter relegated to first base or designated hitter. Cron's career 110 wRC+ warrants a regular job, but he's on the wrong side of 30 in today's penny-pinching landscape. If Cron lands a full-time gig, he'll be a source of cheap power at corner infield or utility. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#133
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $14.5 million contract with the Rockies in October of 2021.
Remains with Rockies
1BColorado Rockies
October 5, 2021
Cron agreed to an extension with the Rockies on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Cron will receive $14.5 million over the next two years, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The news is quite good for Cron's fantasy value going forward, as any hitter with a regular role at Coors Field is automatically much more interesting than they otherwise would be. He wasn't merely a product of his environment last season, however, as his .281/.375/.530 slash line was good for a 127 wRC+, a full-season career best.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
19
50
14
6
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
18
20
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+62%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .981 306 47 20 63 1 .310 .379 .602
Since 2019vs Right .793 792 83 37 115 0 .246 .331 .463
2021vs Left .977 150 22 8 30 1 .311 .393 .583
2021vs Right .877 397 48 20 62 0 .269 .368 .509
2020vs Left .615 13 2 1 2 0 .154 .154 .462
2020vs Right .996 39 7 3 6 0 .207 .410 .586
2019vs Left 1.020 143 23 11 31 0 .326 .385 .636
2019vs Right .685 356 28 14 47 0 .225 .281 .404
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+278%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .874 542 72 29 107 0 .271 .349 .525
Since 2019Away .820 556 58 28 71 1 .257 .340 .480
2021Home 1.073 274 46 19 68 0 .326 .412 .661
2021Away .734 273 24 9 24 1 .235 .337 .397
2020Home .355 24 3 0 0 0 .053 .250 .105
2020Away 1.342 28 6 4 8 0 .304 .429 .913
2019Home .705 244 23 10 39 0 .231 .287 .418
2019Away .853 255 28 15 39 0 .275 .333 .519
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Stat Review
How does C.J. Cron compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.51
 
BB Rate
11.0%
 
K Rate
21.4%
 
BABIP
.316
 
ISO
.249
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.375
 
SLG
.530
 
OPS
.905
 
wOBA
.391
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.1%
 
Barrels/PA
9.7%
 
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Despite hitting 30 and 25 home runs the past two seasons, he's been let go rather than get a raise in arbitration at year end. The Twins (like Tampa Bay) let him go because his .780 OPS last season was about average (101 OPS+) and not worth the $7 million or more he was set to make in arbitration. Cron looked improved last season as he hit 17 home runs with a .821 OPS before the All-Star break. He suffered a thumb injury in early July and tried to play through the injury. He eventually had multiple stints on the injured list and played with a brace, but he hit just eight home runs with a .700 OPS after the All-Star break. Cron needed a surgical debridement of his right thumb in the offseason. Cron had a 1.005 OPS vs. left-handed pitching, so he can productive in a platoon role. However, he could win everyday duty after signing a one-year, $6.1 million deal with the Tigers.
Even in the current power-laden landscape, it's rare for a 30-homer hitter to be designated for assignment, but that's exactly what happened to Cron. His lack of defensive prowess hurts his real-world value, and the Rays decided he wasn't worth close to $5 million through arbitration. The good news is that the Twins decided he was worth that price tag; Minnesota traded for Cron and will likely afford him near-everyday time between first base and DH. His plate skills and batted-ball profile were nearly identical with and without the platoon edge, the main difference being a .392 BABIP vs. LHP and a .252 BABIP vs. RHP. In short, his splits aren't as exaggerated as they seem. There's still a risk he falls into a platoon role if the results aren't there on the field, but even so, Cron makes for a nice late pick at a position that fell off as a whole in 2018. He has shown he can produce, especially in the power department.
Cron has seemingly hit a wall in the major leagues and there's not much to suggest he's going to take his game to another level in his age-28 season. The quality of his contact improved in 2017 (35.8 percent hard-hit rate, 6.7 Brls/PA), but he put bat to ball with far less consistency, with his strikeout rate leaping from 16.9 percent to 25.7 percent. His OBP against right-handed pitching fell nearly 30 points to .309 as he walked just 5.9 percent of the time for the season, and he didn't show any real growth against lefties (.233 average, .290 OBP). Cron missed some time with a foot injury, was demoted several times throughout the campaign and fizzled late while serving in an everyday role. He was also a negative in the field, grading out just barely above replacement level overall. While he figures to get another chance to play regularly to begin 2018, Cron could be relegated to part-time duty with a slow start.
Cron took over as the Halos' primary first baseman but was sidelined about six weeks after breaking his hand in early July. His skills continued to trend in the right direction, as he whiffed less and walked more for the second straight season. However, his 5.4 percent walk rate is still far too low, especially if Cron wants to hit in the meat of the order. Cron's power ticked up, but it was mostly an increase in doubles as he matched 2015's home run output in 40 more plate appearances. Cron has actually had more success against right-handed pitching in his career (.789 OPS) than lefties (.694 OPS) . As such, there's room for growth if his numbers improve versus southpaws. For those who miss out on a stud first baseman early, Cron makes for a perfect fallback option with a solid floor and intriguing power upside.
Cron began the season as the team's everyday DH after undergoing wrist surgery in the offseason, but was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake after hitting just .143 in May. The former first-round pick made another stop in the minors after struggling upon his return, but was able to rebound, finishing the season with 16 homers and a .739 OPS in 378 at-bats. Cron is still a work in progress, as his walk rate remained disappointing (4.2%) and his ISO dropped nearly 20 points (from .194 to .177) but his 20 percent strikeout rate represents nearly a four percent decrease from his first year, while his 80.3% contact rate is up from the 77.3% he tallied in 2014. Cron may not have done enough to label his season a full-fledged breakout, but he will almost certainly be back with the Angels to begin 2016, and could fill in at first base if Albert Pujols isn't ready to begin the season after undergoing foot surgery this winter.
Considered by some to be the top hitting prospect in the Angels' system entering 2014, Cron hit the ground running after making his major league debut in May, tallying slugging percentages of .548 and .552 in May and June, respectively. As quickly as it started, however, Cron's run of success seemed to end, as he did not post an OPS higher than .656 in the final three months of the season, resulting in a temporary demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake in August. He was recalled when rosters expanded in September, but was a part-time player down the stretch. Cron played to his minor league numbers in his first go around in the major leagues, providing big power (.194 ISO), but combining it with a suspect walk rate (4.0%). He also struck out far too often, whiffing 61 times in 79 games. Cron could wind up on the small side of a platoon with the left-handed hitting Matt Joyce as a DH tandem in 2015, and the 25-year-old should spell Albert Pujols at first base when Pujols needs a day without defensive responsibilities, but it remains to be seen if he will be given enough playing time to prove that he was worthy of his prospect status.
Cron saw his power numbers dip sharply after being promoted to Double-A Arkansas at the beginning of the 2013 season, as he slugged just .428 after slugging .516 with High-A Inland Empire in 2012. This, coupled with a remarkably low walk rate (4.1%), led to a pedestrian .746 OPS for the season. Cron makes enough contact (14.7% strikeout rate in 2013) that he may be able to offset his lack of plate discipline, but if he can't get his power numbers back to 2012 levels, he may struggle going forward. It should be noted, however, that the park effects at Arkansas suppress offense, specifically power. Cron hit well during his time in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .413 with five homers in 80 at-bats, and remains one of the best prospects in the Angels' system. He is expected to begin his 2014 season back in Arkansas, but he may quickly move to Triple-A Salt Lake and try to force his way into the picture in Anaheim with the departure of Mark Trumbo.
Cron was the 17th overall pick in the 2011 draft and had an impressive showing at High-A Inland Empire last season after tearing up the rookie league the year before. He hit 27 homers and only struck out 72 times in 557 plate appearances for Inland Empire, but the Angels have to be concerned that he only managed to draw 17 walks all year. As promising of a talent as Cron is, he may stall out if he doesn't improve his plate discipline in the coming years. If he's able to do that, the sky is the limit for the 6-foot-4, 225-pound, 23-year-old slugger.
The Angels selected Cron with the 17th pick in the 2011 draft. Though he didn’t finish 2011 due to a knee injury, he posted a 1.000 OPS in 159 plate appearances in the rookie league. Cron should recover from his injury by the start of the season and open the season at Low-A Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League. While he is one of the Angels’ better prospects, the offseason signing of Albert Pujols blocks his long-term path. As a result, he could be most valuable to the team as a trade chip if his development takes place as expected.
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Idle for season finale
1BColorado Rockies
October 3, 2021
Cron is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Socks home run No. 28
1BColorado Rockies
September 26, 2021
Cron went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Giants.
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Four hits in Wednesday's win
1BColorado Rockies
September 23, 2021
Cron went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 10-5 win over the Dodgers.
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Racks up three hits Tuesday
1BColorado Rockies
September 22, 2021
Cron went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.
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Heads to bench
1BColorado Rockies
September 16, 2021
Cron will not start Thursday's game against Atlanta, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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