C.J. Cron is ready for a big year for LA Angels in 2017
LA Angels C.J. Cron is ready for a big season in his fourth year with the Angels. Cron has had two solid seasons in 2015 &2016 , but both years he failed to play 120 games. In 2015 Cron slumped so badly he was sent to the minors, & last season he missed five weeks due to a broken hand.
If Cron can stay healthy in 2017, the LA Angels are expecting big things from him. In both of the last two season Cron hit 16 homers and last year he hit .278 with 69 RBI’s as well. This year the Angels need him more than ever as Albert Pujols will most likely start the season on the DL.
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However, there is still a hint of skepticism in Angel Land as the team has signed first/third baseman Luis Valbuena, they also just signed former Mariners first baseman Dustin Ackley to a minor league deal. They also have Jefry Marte on the roster as well, who can play both first and third base.
This could be merely a product of the Angels wanting to get a left-handed bat with some power in Valbuena, and a protection for Cron if he gets injured with Ackley and Marte. My opinion is that Cron will be just fine. He has improved dramatically on defense and he is now shown the ability to hit to all fields which will only increase his productivity.
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Cron will most likely assume the clean-up spot in the line-up in place of Pujols while he is injured. After Pujols returns Cron will likely return to the fifth spot in the line-up to help protect Pujols and Trout. No matter what the case is the Angels will need a good season from Cron in order to contend for a division title and playoff spot in the tough AL West.
The question is how well will Cron do this season and will he be able to play a full season. My answer to both questions is yes. I believe Cron will play in 149 games this season.
Stats projection for 2017 for C.J. Cron: .285 with 28 homers and 92 RBI’s
Cron is ready for a breakout season and I think he will deliver in a big way. If Pujols can come back sooner rather than later I think the Angels will flourish this season and win over 90 games. With that being said I also think the Angels will return to the playoffs.
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So let’s see what the future holds for Cron and the Angels. I hope it will be good for both Cron and the team.