Utahns in baseball: The best of the best in the first half of the season

Published: Monday, July 14 2014 9:45 p.m. MDT

Best hitter: C.J. Cron (Utah), 1B/DH, Los Angeles Angels Next » 1 of 10 « Prev
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Not only has C.J. Cron been impressive in his first couple of months in his big-league career, he crushed the ball in his short time with the Salt Lake Bees, too. Cron batted .319 in 28 games, with six home runs, 12 doubles and 26 RBIs before being promoted to Los Angeles.

The former Ute then made a great impression in his MLB debut, going 3-for-5 at the plate. He’s gone through the flux and flows of a major league rookie since, but heads into the all-star break with a .278 average, .350 weighted on-base percentage, nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 52 games. He seemed to wrestle away the primary designated-hitter job from longtime MLB veteran Raul Ibanez, who the Angels released on June 21.

If only Jose Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka (prior to the injury) and George Springer weren’t around, Cron could seriously contend for the American League rookie of the year award. However, he’s probably be just as content with Los Angeles’s 57-37 record at the all-star break — and the Angels being just 1 1/2 games back of the Athletics and the best record in all of baseball.

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Mission Viejo, CA

As an Angel Fan I've seen C.J. Cron play nearly every game. He's a keeper, displacing Raul Hernandez at DH. Plays some defense, too.

Part of the reason that the Angels have the 2nd best record in MLB and are breathing down the necks of the A's. Of course, having the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, doesn't hurt.

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