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D’backs’ Prospect Cron is Dominating the California League


Jun 15, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; TCU Horned Frogs first baseman Kevin Cron (0) catches a pop fly against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game three of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. TCU won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks employ a first baseman that is having a tremendous 2015 season. Not, it is not Paul Goldschmidt. Kevin Cron of the Visalia Rawhide in the California League is having a big season and should be moving up the farm system to Double A Mobile in 2016. He was named the D’backs’ Minor League Player of the Month for June.

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As of today, the 22-year old Cron is second in the California League in RBI’s with 70 and third in home runs with 18. His 29 doubles are tied for the league lead with Ryan McMahon from Modesto. Drafted in the 14th round by the D’backs in 2014 out of TCU, Cron played on two A ball levels in 2014. He started out with Missoula of the Pioneer League before being called up to Hillsboro, helping the Hops win the Northwest League championship. In 261 total at-bats, Cron hit 12 homers and drove in 45 runs while batting .291.

There are a couple of things that stick out with the 6-5, 240 pound Cron. His path to the Show at first base is blocked by Goldschmidt. Secondly, he needs to improve his on-base percentage which right now is .304. He has struck out 93 times in 396 plate appearances while drawing only 18 walks. Still, it is hard to ignore the type of power Cron possesses.  It will be interesting to see if he can turn himself into a legitimate Major League prospect by the time he hits the Southern League.