Who is new Rays 1B/DH C.J. Cron? 10 things to know

The Rays acquired Cron on Saturday from the Angels.
First baseman Chris Cron, acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays on Feb. 17 from the Los Angeles Angeles, talks with the media Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2017 in Port Charlotte, Fla.
First baseman Chris Cron, acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays on Feb. 17 from the Los Angeles Angeles, talks with the media Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2017 in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Published Feb. 20, 2018|Updated Feb. 20, 2018

Acquired Saturday night from the Angels (for a player to be named – a minor-leaguer, and not a top prospect), 1B/DH C.J. Cron is expected to join the Rays today in Port Charlotte.

Here are 10 things to know about him:

1. Full name: Christopher John Cron.

2. Bio material: Is 28. … Born in Fullerton, Calif. … Went to Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix then the University of Utah, majoring in business. … Pronounced Kroan – rhymes with groan. … Will wear No. 44, had 24 with Angels.

3. Contract status: Signed for $2.3-million. .. Under Rays control through 2020. .. Is out of options so can't be sent to the minors.

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4. Family affair: His father, Chris Cron, played 12 pro seasons as mostly a corner infielder and made two quick trips to the majors, playing six games for the Angels in 1991 and six for the White Sox in 1992, and is a minor-league coach for the D-backs. … His brother, Kevin, is a slugging prospect for Arizona, who was named MVP of the Double-A Southern League and minor-league player of the year for D-backs. … Is cousins with Chad Moeller, who played nine seasons in the majors.

5. Draft report: First-round pick – 17th overall – in 2011 draft, the one where Rays had 10 picks from 24 to 60. In it's preview, Baseball America called him "the best all-around hitter in the country." … Drafted out of Mountain Pointe (Az.) High in 2008, 44th round, but didn't sign.

6. Hall of Fame block: Cron has spent parts of the last four seasons sharing time between the majors and Triple-A, but his opportunity was limited for somes reasons he couldn't control – such as being on the same team as future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols.

7. The Ohtani impact: What does the Rays getting Cron have to do with Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani? Plenty, since Ohtani signed with the Angels and with Cron gone he now has an avenue to get at-bats at first base or DH when not pitching, as the Angels also have Pujols and Luis Valbuena.

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8. Numbers game: Cron is coming off arguably the worst of his four major-league seasons, though foot injuries were a factor, as he hit .248 with 16 homers, 56 RBI and a .741 OPS in 100 games. Overall he has a .262 average, 59 homers and .756 OPS. The Rays like his righthanded power – considered almost on par with Mark Trumbo  with plans to play him at either first base or DH against all lefties and some righthanders.

9. Key stat: Though Cron would seem a platoon partner for lefty swinging Brad Miller, Cron actual hits better vs. righthanders:
vs. LHP .248 avg., .288 OBP, .429 SLG, .716 OPS
vs. RHP .268 avg.. .315 OBP, .457 SLG, .772 OPS

10. Big day: Rapped six hits on July 2, just the third Angel to do so, joining Chone Figgins and Garret Anderson, and the first to score five runs in a game. By the end of the night, he became the sixth player in baseball history with at least six hits, five runs and five RBI in a game. The others: Shawn Green, Edgardo Alfonzo, Cal Ripken Jr., Larry Walker and Walker Cooper.