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C.J. Cron | First Baseman | #44

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Utah
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (17) / LAA
Contract: view contract details
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C.J. Cron provided two hits Wednesday in the Rays’ win over Texas.
Cron’s single off Cole Hamels broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth. He also chipped in with a leadoff single in the eighth but was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice later in the inning. Cron struggled out of the gate this year but has caught fire during his eight-game hitting streak while raising his average by over 100 points. Apr 18 - 5:07 PM

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C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron went 2-for-5 and hit his second homer against the Rangers on Monday.

The Kevin Kiermaier injury should help Cron after Brad Miller returns, since there's now no reason at all not to play both players regularly. Cron isn't off to a great start, but his .672 OPS is better than what the Rays are doing overall.
Apr 16 - 10:41 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

Not the sexiest of afternoons for Cron, but RBI are RBI regardless of how they're collected. Both of his on Saturday came via outs -- first on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, later on a groundout in the sixth. His lone hit was a single. The first baseman is slashing an unappealing .213/.255/.340 in 47 at-bats this year, but in searching for small positives, he is currently working on a four-game hitting streak.
Apr 14 - 9:18 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron drove in the Rays’ only run in Wednesday’s loss to the White Sox.

He plated Kevin Kiermaier on a fifth-inning double off Pale Hose starter James Shields. That was Cron’s lone hit and one of just four all afternoon for the Rays, who have now dropped nine of 12 games to begin the season. Four of Cron’s seven hits this year have gone for extra bases including three doubles.
Apr 11 - 7:10 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron hit his first homer in a Rays uniform on Sunday in a loss to the Red Sox.

The homer was a solo shot off of Eduardo Rodriguez in the second inning. The former Angel has gotten off to a poor start in his first week and a half with the Rays, but he showed on Sunday that he's capable of mashing left-handed pitching. There's just no reason to have him in a lineup against right-handers.
Apr 8 - 5:21 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron delivered an RBI double Wednesday in the Rays’ loss to the Yankees.

He got his offense out of the way early, plating Kevin Kiermaier in the first inning with a double to left field off Luis Severino. Cron, who was serving as the DH for Tampa, went hitless with two strikeouts in his other three plate appearances. The 28-year-old is off to a rough start with his new team. He’s hit just .188 in the early going with eight strikeouts in his 16 at-bats.
Apr 4 - 6:01 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Red Sox.

Cron has struggled through the first two games of the season, going 1-for-7 (.143) with four strikeouts. He'll get a day to clear his head while Brad Miller starts at first base and bats cleanup for the Rays against Rick Porcello and the Red Sox.
Mar 31 - 12:39 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer in the Rays' 5-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Cron's place in the middle of the Rays lineup is secure, which has to be a nice change from what he was looking at in Anaheim. He's hit .262/.311/.571 in 42 at-bats this spring. He might not be a shallow mixed-league guy this year, but he'll definitely have some value in deeper leagues.
Mar 22 - 7:22 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

Rays acquired DH C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later.

Well, that came out of nowhere, although it's not altogether unfathomable. The Angels and Cron in January had agreed on a $2.3 million contract for the first-time arbitration-eligible player, but with Albert Pujols and Luis Valbuena in tow, at-bats were going to be hard to come by for the 28-year-old. As far as Cron's role in Tampa, he should have every opportunity to hit his way into regular at-bats on the club, which has few roles set in stone.
Feb 17 - 8:49 PM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

Angels and 1B C.J. Cron avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.

It's a nice little salary bump for Cron, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time. Cron has been up-and-down both from the majors and minors and from a performance perspective the last couple years, hitting .248/.305/.437 with 16 homers over 100 games for the Angels in 2017.
Jan 12 - 10:47 AM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI versus the Indians on Wednesday.

Mike Scioscia comes to the park every day and thinks, "yeah, I'm just dandy with Cron potentially getting fewer at-bats than Brandon Phillips, Albert Pujols, Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena tonight" and pencils him into the eighth spot. Cron is hitting .293 with 14 homers and 40 RBI in 184 at-bats since being recalled from the minors in July.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 02:09:00 AM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning as the Angels edged the Rangers 7-6 on Friday.

We don't know why the Angels' have their third-best hitter batting eighth, but we're just glad he's playing after getting jerked around for four months this year. He's batting .290 with 13 homers and 38 RBI in 169 at-bats during the second half of the season.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 01:40:00 AM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron went 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's extra-innings win on the road against the A's.

Cron has hit safely in nine consecutive games, but he has picked up the intensity in September. The slugger is 7-for-23 (.304) with two doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in five September outings, posting at least one RBI in each contest.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 04:37:00 AM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron belted a pair of home runs on Tuesday, leading the Angels in an 8-2 rout over the Athletics.

Cron crushed a three-run homer off of Chris Smith in the first inning that increased the Angels' early lead to 5-0. He later victimized Michael Brady for a solo shot in the eighth inning, capping the scoring in the game. Cron finished the evening 2-for-3 and also drew a walk. He's hitting .258/.318/.453 with 12 homers and 39 RBI in 71 games on the season.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 01:43:00 AM
C.J. Cron - 1B - Rays

C.J. Cron is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

He'll take a seat with the DH unavailable under National League rules. Albert Pujols will make the start at first base and bat third against Gio Gonzalez.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 03:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
1B1C.J. Cron
2B1Joey Wendle
2Daniel Robertson
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
3B1Matt Duffy
2Brandon Snyder
LF1Denard Span
2Johnny Field
3Rob Refsnyder
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
RF1Carlos Gomez
DH1Brad Miller
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Blake Snell
3Jake Faria
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Jose De Leon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Chaz Roe
3Sergio Romo
4Andrew Kittredge
5Jose Alvarado
6Matt Andriese
7Austin Pruitt
8Ryan Yarbrough
9Yonny Chirinos
10Hunter Wood