2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: C.J. Cron
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at new Detroit Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Given the lack of depth at first base, identifying late round upside plays will be pivotal in case the tiers run dry. C.J. Cron played through a nagging thumb injury in the second half of last season but still launched 25 home runs in 499 plate appearances spanning 125 games. Moving to Detroit could cap his power upside, but a tweak in his approach could mitigate it as well. Cron finished last year with a 5.8 walk percentage, 21.4 strikeout rate and .216 isolated power. He scored 51 runs with 78 RBI and a .253/.311/.469 slash, which on the surface do not dazzle, but would be solid as a corner infielder given the time Cron lost to the injured list.
Ignoring Cron’s strong start to the season would also be a mistake. In the first half, Cron appeared in 77 contests accruing 331 plate appearances with 36 runs, 18 doubles, 17 home runs, 54 RBI and a .266/.326/.495 slash line. After the All-Star break, and playing through a nagging thumb issue, Cron’s production cratered to six...