C.J. Cron, Taylor Lindsey Sent to Triple-A Salt Lake

By Jose Serrano

Mar 7, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron (84) hits an RBI single in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Cubs won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.