Free Agent Profile & Prediction #25: C.J. Cron

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 04: C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays follows through on a first inning RBI double against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 4, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The seven year veteran, C.J. Cron, who has spent time with the Angels, Rays, Twins and Tigers over the past seven seasons. He is a career .257/.312/.464 hitter with a .776 career OPS. Cron is well renounced for his powerful bat, accumulating 118 home runs in his seven seasons, and having a career Barrel percentage at 11.1 (MLB average is 6.4). With that power, comes a rising strikeout problem, as an injury shortened 2020, saw him strike out at a 30.8 percent rate, and a 25.9 percent rate in 2018. While his numbers against breaking balls are subpar, (.213 BAA in 2019), he feasts on everything else, collecting a .480 SLG against fastballs, and an unattainable .623 SLG against offspeed pitches. 2020 was a throw away season for Cron, after seeing his struggles come to a halt when he was sidelined for the remainder of the season when he was injured and required knee surgery.

For his career at first base, he will not win you games, but he wont lose you any either, as he averages just around 1 DRS a season, and his Outs Above Average numbers are around the same as well, floating around the -1 to +2 range every season with one outlier season in 2017. Cron, going into his age 31 season, and combined with the knee surgery he had to endure, would benefit from having an American League DH spot to fall back upon, and likely will benefit from having that security and the access to more at bats throughout the season.

Cron will likely be a one year deal this offseason, just based off of you truly never know how a player will bounce back from a season ending surgery, especially one involving the legs on a player entering their 30’s. But even with that being said, I believe Cron will bring some firepower to whatever team signs him.

These are the teams I believe are in contention to sign Cron: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers

Final Landing Spot Prediction: C.J. Cron signs a 1yr/4.5 million dollar deal with the Colorado Rockies

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .246/.318/.488 .806 OPS 28 HR 73 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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