Cron, drafted No. 17 overall after his junior season at Utah, is among four Angels first-round picks in the Arkansas lineup. The others are struggling at the plate, with second baseman Taylor Lindsey (.210) just recently having moved above the .200 mark. Third baseman Kaleb Cowart (.196) and right fielder Randal Grichuk (.176) are stuck below that figure. So is another prospect, center fielder Travis Witherspoon (.174).
The result is that the Angels and the Bees, on the way to Anaheim cannot expect much help in the immediate future. Cron's outlook remains promising, although there's no urgency to move him through the system because of Albert Pujols' presence at first base for the Angels.
Eventually, Cron should be able to play first base in the major leagues with Pujols becoming a designated hitter. Cron underwent shoulder surgery at the end of last summer, after his 2011 season ended early because of a knee injury. He appears to be healthy now, playing regularly at first base.
His current .316 batting average tops his .308 mark at Orem and .293 average at Inland Empire, while his performance endorses his consistent, steady nature. A son of a longtime minor-league manager, Cron was well prepared to handle the daily grind of pro baseball.
The Travelers (13-13) are in a three-way tie for first place in the Texas League North.