By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
When the Angels drafted C.J. Cron in the first round of the 2011 draft (17th overall), they got a player that many experts labeled as the best college hitter available. Rated by scouts as an 80 on the power scale, this son of a former Major Leaguer has a smooth and easy swing. Having played for the University of Utah, Cron didn't have far to go to start his professional career in Orem. At 6'4" and 235 lbs, this right hander could become a source of power for the Angels for years to come.
Here is the interview that AngelsWin.com recorded with C.J. Cron.
CJ Cron July 21 2011 from AngelsWin.com on Vimeo.
One concern that Angels fans may have with Cron is that he has a tear in his shoulder that will most likely require surgery. As you can see for yourself, that tear does not prevent him from putting on some impressive shows in the batting cages. If you listen closely, you can hear in the background the opposing coach talk a bit about Cron while he's in the cage and then stop to admire one of Cron's monster shots. Additionally, Cron's injury does not prevent him from doing fielding exercises at 1B. However, to prevent further injury, he just lobs the ball back into the infield.
Here is some video of Cron in the batting cages. One of the blasts he hit easily travelled 450 feet.
CJ Cron in Batting Practice from AngelsWin.com on Vimeo.
Here are two of Cron's at-bats that AngelsWin.com recorded during the July 21st game against the Billings Mustangs. The first AB results in a walk, the second in a strikeout swinging. The voice in the background belongs to the Mustangs' announcer, Ryan Schuiling.
CJ Cron In Game At Bats from AngelsWin.com on Vimeo.