C.J. Cron did his part to keep his hot prospect label going on Tuesday.
The former Mountain Pointe slugger played in the Texas League (Double A) All-Star Game in Arkansas and led the North Division in hitting but it wasn’t enough in a 6-0 defeat.
Hitting cleanup, the 2011 No. 1 pick by the Angels went 2-for-4 with a double to be the only North player to get two hits in the game.
Cron, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound first baseman, entered the game hitting .292 with five home runs and 43 RBIs in 72 games.
He’s had a tough June – hitting .250 with no home runs – after a good start to the year (.314 the first two months) – so maybe the two-hit day in the all-star game will get him going again.
Cron is still having a good year, he is an all-star after all, in his first season at this level and is considered the organization’s third-best prospect by mlb.com.
Then his standing in the game was cemented on Wednesday when he was named to the Futures Game roster and will get a chance to play for USA team in New York the Sunday before the MLB All-Star Game. As an added bonus, his dad and Erie SeaWolves (Double-A Tigers) manager, Chris, was named to the coaching staff for the USA squad as well.
The question is where does he fit in on the Angels’ infield considering Albert Pujols’ contract, which has eight more years after 2013. Designated hitter is always a possibility, considering Pujols is already playing it a lot now because of plantar fasciitis, for one of them.
It’s some time down the line, but I can’t help be wonder how Pujols’ presence effects Cron’s path to Anaheim.
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