(CBS) — With the 17th overall pick in the MLB draft, the Angels select C.J. Cron out of the University of Utah.
CBSSports.com Analysis —
There’s no question the University of Utah slugger understands the game, with a father managing in the Detroit Tigers system, a cousin in Chad Moeller, the former big league catcher, and even a younger brother who’s a high school prospect committed to TCU. There’s also no question Cron can flat-out hit the baseball. He should hit for average and power, with the ability to hit with authority to all fields. He doesn’t have plus bat speed, but with terrific plate discipline and a natural feel for hitting, he’s going to be a productive offensive player. He’s caught and played first base at Utah, and nearly everyone thinks he’ll be playing that infield corner as a professional. He’s not one who has to catch to have value. His bat will be just fine at first and should be more than enough to get him off the board fairly early.