With the 17th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Los Angeles Angels select C.J. Cron! Firstbasemen from the University of Utah.
Many could say that it was a controversial pick. The kid has amazing power. No one can doubt that. But many said he went WAY too early. There is too many questions about how he will perform, and especially with his shoulder. C.J. Cron played his whole senior season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. That's pretty impressive for the numbers he put up. The Angels have already said he will not debut until he is fully healthy. But when will that be and how will it affect the team?
The earliest I can see Cron playing for the MLB Club is 2013-2014. The shoulder surgery takes a while to heal, and then he has to get back into game form, and start playing. That takes a while for sure. He then has to get into the minors and play well. Now if he is hitting for great power, and putting up stellar numbers then you can maybe push up the 2013 debut to a late 2012 one. While highly doubtful it is totally possible. Now none of this is completely confirmed, just one mans opinion. We hope to see him make his debut soon, and have it be a very impactful one.
Now when C.J. makes his debut where is it going to be? The team already has Morales and Trumbo. Two great power hitters that don't look like their going anywhere. There has been talks about moving Trumbo to 3rd. Well a stress fracture has put that into jeopardy. So while it's unlikely this year, him moving to 3rd in 2013 is a good possibility. It'd give the Angels a power hitter at 3rd and accomodate both Trumbo and Morales in the lineup on a daily basis. But if C.J. makes an early impact, imagine him at DH. A lineup consisting of Cron, Trumbo, Morales, Hunter, Trout, Kendrick, Aybar, Borjous, and Conger could prove to be a much, much improved lineup from 2011. The power would be substantial! Especially if Morales makes a full comeback, and C.J. lives up to expectations.
As Angels fans we can only hope that this scenario plays out.
Hey Angels Fans! Give me your opinions on Cron, and when/what you think his debut/imapct will be!