Kevin Cron
27-Year-Old First Baseman1B
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Diamondbacks in June of 2014.
Joins player pool
1BArizona Diamondbacks
June 30, 2020
Cron was added to the Diamondbacks' 60-man player pool.
ANALYSIS
Cron will be among the players the Diamondbacks can call upon in 2020. With the designated hitter coming to the National League, there's a natural landing spot for the right-handed, power-hitting Cron, who is expected to share the role with lefty Jake Lamb.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
3
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .694 20 3 1 5 0 .222 .250 .444
Since 2017vs Right .823 58 9 5 11 0 .208 .276 .547
2019vs Left .694 20 3 1 5 0 .222 .250 .444
2019vs Right .823 58 9 5 11 0 .208 .276 .547
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .944 21 4 2 2 0 .222 .333 .611
Since 2017Away .736 57 8 4 14 0 .208 .246 .491
2019Home .944 21 4 2 2 0 .222 .333 .611
2019Away .736 57 8 4 14 0 .208 .246 .491
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Kevin 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
0.14
 
BB Rate
5.1%
 
K Rate
35.9%
 
BABIP
.237
 
ISO
.310
 
AVG
.211
 
OBP
.269
 
SLG
.521
 
OPS
.790
 
wOBA
.338
 
Exit Velocity
89.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.5%
 
Barrels/PA
11.5%
 
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8 days ago
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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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Could have role with universal DH
1BArizona Diamondbacks
May 12, 2020
Cron could serve as a designated hitter against left-handers in 2020 if MLB adopts a universal DH rule for all teams, Chris Murray of Nevada Sports Net reports.
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Shipped to minors
1BArizona Diamondbacks
March 26, 2020
Cron was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
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Shows off power in spring
1BArizona Diamondbacks
March 20, 2020
Cron was second on the Diamondbacks with three home runs during Cactus League play. He batted .241 (7-for-29) with four extra-base hits, four runs scored and eight RBI over 14 spring appearances.
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Little opportunity since callup
1BArizona Diamondbacks
September 13, 2019
Cron entered as a pinch hitter and grounded out in his lone at-bat in Thursday's 11-1 loss to the Mets.
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Rejoins Diamondbacks
1BArizona Diamondbacks
September 1, 2019
Cron was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
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