C.J. Cron is proving that he still has plenty of power potential, and Colorado Rockies fans are already salivating thinking about him hitting at Coors Field.
Cron went 3-for-3 in Colorado’s 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Signed in the offseason as a minor league free agent, the 31-year-old Cron blasted a sixth-inning pitch from the Angels’ Dylan Bundy 472 feet for his fourth home run of the spring. Add in a single and a double against the Angels and Cron’s spring average currently sits at .372.
That sixth-inning homer, by the way, not only traveled a long ways, but was also the second-hardest-hit ball of the spring for Cron, registering an exit velocity of 114.7 mph.
Here is the video of Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron hitting a massive home run.
Make sure you have the sound on so you can hear the bat tattoo this ball.
As mentioned, that was the second-hardest-hit ball of the bat of Cron this spring. You can see the hardest-hit, a double against the Arizona Diamondbacks which, at 115.8 mph, is the hardest-hit ball by any Rockies batter this spring by clicking here.
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Additionally this spring, Cron has two hits with an exit velocity over 113 mph. In fact, four of the five hardest-hit balls this spring by the Rockies belong to Cron, with Brendan Rodgers holding the other with a 115.6 mph single that you can watch by clicking here.
When the Rockies signed Cron to a minor league deal, there was some concern about his health after suffering a season-ending knee injury last year in the early parts of his first and only season with the Detroit Tigers. However, Cron was adamant in early interviews that he was healthy and he has proven it, seemingly winning the competition for the starting first base job, being added recently to Colorado’s 40-man roster.
Cron has averaged 28 homers per 162-game span over his seven-year Major League Baseball career. This will be his first season with a National League team, and Rockies fans are very interested to see what power Cron can add to a Rockies lineup that will need some pop without Nolan Arenado’s bat in the lineup.