Top Slugging 1B Tabbed at #92, Kevin Cron to Seattle
Clearly, the Mariners don’t value offense in the slightest.
So the third round pick is the other Cron in the draft, which is to say not the old Cron. Kevin Cron is the brother of C.J. Cron, the Utah first baseman who went to the Angels as the seventeenth overall. Both are the offspring of Chris Cron who was a big leaguer and a current double-A manager. Both Crons are similar in that they’re mostly focused on hitting and lack defensive tools, but Kevin actually broke a lot of C.J.’s old records and a lot of the other prep HR records for Arizona along the way (hit fifty-nine, previous high: forty-four). Good bat skills, good power, right-handed hitter, but that’s not really damning considering that he’s believed to have so much power. The issue is that he’s known to have a commitment to Texas Christian, and the Horned Frogs tend to get their man a lot of the time. He probably was not so high on the boards because his commitment was thought to be fairly solid (3.92 GPA and baseball skills have helped him get a solid scholarship).
I’m not seeing defensive videos, likely for a reason but the swing seems level, the mechanics good, and the power super easy. High school hitters just don’t generally have power like that, but by high school standards, Cron is a mountain of a man.