2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Angels Select Utah Slugger Cron

Los Angeles Angels: C. J. Cron (1B, Univ. of Utah)      

Generally considered the best college power bat in the draft, Cron's got enormous raw power mixed with polished hitting skills, which resulted in a .434/.517/.803 mark this season, despite the NCAA's switch from "toy bats" - as Peter Gammons calls them -- to the less potent bats now in use.

At 6-4 and 230 pounds, Cron obviously fits the physical profile of the power-hitting first baseman, and considering Kendrys Morales' injury and Mark Trumbo's middling skills, the Angels will presumably have a place for Cron in their lineup if he's ready in two or three years. He comes from a baseball family: his father Chris was a major league player.

Of the two-time All-American, Utah coach Bill Kinneberg said, "On and off the field, he's as good as there is. He's as dedicated to baseball and to school as any guy we've had over the last three years."

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