Diamondbacks’ Sneaky Good Prospects
#1 – Kevin Cron 1B Visalia Rawhide
Jun 15, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; TCU Horned Frogs first baseman
(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
Number one on this list is none other than big daddy Kevin Cron. Cron made a name for himself at TCU with his big home runs and has done nothing to make people think he can’t continue hitting huge bombs through the Minors and eventually in the Majors. It is true that he may never had a position with the Major League Diamondbacks as he is blocked by Goldschmidt, whom most fans would love to see sign a long-term extension and stay the course of his career in the valley.
With that said, he is still a solid prospect. He was selected in the 14th round of the 2014 draft. This was a far cray from when he was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft. What he offers is real ultimate power. His brother C.J. is in the majors with the Angels, so there is lineage. In 127 games at high-A Visalia, he hit .272/.328/.496 with 27 home runs. To go with those home runs, he also had 131 strikeouts and 28 walks.
Another huge piece of man-meat at 6’5″ and 245 lbs., Cron gives the Diamondbacks someone who could hit bombs through the panels, which all Chase Field fans get pumped up about. Whether he will be hitting those bombs for the Diamondbacks remains to be seen, but mark my words, if Major League Baseball approves the universal DH in the next few seasons and Cron is still in the system, he’ll get first crack at it.
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