Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s job won’t get any easier over the next few weeks as his 40-man roster dwindles to the league-maximum of 25. Top prospects C.J. Cron and Taylor Lindsey were among five players the skipper cut last Thursday.
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) March 14, 2014
While neither expected to make the Opening Day roster, Cron was a pleasant surprise in limited playing time hitting .400 with six singles and six RBIs in eight games. Most notably, his pinch hit three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 8 sent the game into extra inning where it would end in a 4-4 tie.
Unfortunately, Lindsey didn’t have as much success, batting .111 in nine spring at-bats. The 22-year-old second baseman will join Cron at Triple-A Salt Lake for the first time as he spent the entire 2013 season with Double-A Arkansas.
Others cut included Anderson De La Rosa, Shawn O’Malley, and Robert Carson. According to Alden Gonzalez, De La Rosa never made it to Tempe, Ariz. because of a visa issue.