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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:36 am | Updated: 1:14 pm, Tue Mar 18, 2014.

The last time I saw C.J. Cron play in a game he was crushing the ball.

It was the Arizona Fall League and he nearly won the Triple Crown while looking confident and comfortable in the batter’s box.

Then I saw the Los Angeles Angels prospect again Monday in a spring training game against the Cleveland Indians and it was much the same.

He didn’t look like someone who is going to be wearing No. 84 much longer.

The Mountain Pointe grad was still raking. He looked confident and comfortable again but this time he was playing against a lineup of mostly Indians regulars, including starting pitcher Danny Salazar.

Cron, 24, went 2 for 3 with a single off the right-field wall to drive in a run. It was a continuation of a great start to the spring for the first baseman.

Entering Thursday’s action Cron, who was given only two at-bats in spring last year, was hitting .400 (6 for 15) with two runs scored, a home run and six RBIs with a .975 OPS.

His overall numbers (.274, 14 HRs, 83 RBIs) took a downturn in 2013 in his first-year in Double-A and all indications are that he will begin the season in Triple-A.

My guess is, wherever he ends up, Cron will be confident and comfortable.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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