Kevin Cron
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  Foreign
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Cron broke summer camp with the Diamondbacks but was shuttled between Arizona's 30-man roster and alternate camp throughout most of August before being optioned for good late in the month. While active, he played sporadically and not very well, getting on base just once, with a walk, in 17 plate appearances. Cron dominated Triple-A as a 25- and 26-year-old, but was overmatched in 88 MLB PA, fanning 35 times. Cron will try to jumpstart his career overseas after signing to play in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Diamondbacks in June of 2014. Released by the Diamondbacks in October of 2020.
Headed overseas
1BFree Agent  F
October 31, 2020
Cron will play the 2021 season in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Cron was released by the Diamondbacks on Friday after struggling over his first two seasons in the majors, and his rights were apparently sold to a club in Japan. While it's unclear what team he'll play for in the NPB, the 27-year-old will attempt to turn things around overseas in 2021.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+57%
OPS vs RHP
2021
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+144%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+19%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .479 31 3 1 5 0 .143 .194 .286
Since 2019vs Right .752 67 9 5 11 0 .183 .269 .483
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .091 11 0 0 0 0 .000 .091 .000
2020vs Right .222 9 0 0 0 0 .000 .222 .000
2019vs Left .694 20 3 1 5 0 .222 .250 .444
2019vs Right .823 58 9 5 11 0 .208 .276 .547
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Since 2019
 
 
+39%
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+100%
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+28%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .844 25 4 2 2 0 .190 .320 .524
Since 2019Away .607 73 8 4 14 0 .164 .219 .388
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home .250 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2020Away .125 16 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2019Home .944 21 4 2 2 0 .222 .333 .611
2019Away .736 57 8 4 14 0 .208 .246 .491
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Cron made his major-league debut in late May and went on to receive sporadic opportunities throughout the rest of the year. He showed good power in limited action but never truly got to establish himself. Meanwhile, Christian Walker finally established himself as the everyday starter at the position, hitting .259/.348/.476 in 152 games. Cron did manage an excellent .331/.449/.777 slash line at Triple-A Reno, but he'll be 27 years old in February, and we all know about the run environment at Triple-A in 2019, so that line isn't as exciting as it may seem at a glance. Cron looks to have enough in his bat that he could become an above-average hitter if an opportunity opens up, but not enough that the Diamondbacks will be compelled to move Walker to create that opportunity. There's 2018 Jesus Aguilar upside here, but that would require several lucky breaks.
Cron reached Triple-A for the first time in 2018 and looked up to the task, hitting .309/.368/.554, good for a 137 wRC+. Those numbers are less impressive when considering that Cron was 25 years old and is primarily a first baseman, but the performance was strong enough to suggest that he has a big-league future, and enough for the Diamondbacks to protect him from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster in November. With Paul Goldschmidt now in St. Louis, there's an opening at first base in Arizona, but the plan appears to be to move Jake Lamb there while having Eduardo Escobar play third base. Neither of those players are stars, though, so it's not inconceivable that Cron could get a look at some point.
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Cut by Diamondbacks
1BFree Agent  F
October 31, 2020
Cron was released by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
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Sent to alternate camp
1BArizona Diamondbacks  F
August 27, 2020
Cron was optioned to Arizona's alternate camp site Thursday.
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Heads to bench
1BArizona Diamondbacks  F
August 26, 2020
Cron is not starting Wednesday against the Rockies.
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Sitting Tuesday
1BArizona Diamondbacks  F
August 25, 2020
Cron is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.
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Not in Monday's lineup
1BArizona Diamondbacks  F
August 24, 2020
Cron isn't starting Monday against the Rockies.
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