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Kevin Cron
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Cron with the Diamondbacks in 2019
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
First baseman
Born: (1993-02-17) February 17, 1993 (age 27)
Placentia, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 24, 2019, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through August 19, 2020)
Batting average.188
Home runs6
Runs batted in16

Kevin Scott Cron (born February 17, 1993) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Amateur career

Cron attended Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Arizona. He played for the school's baseball team as a catcher,[1] and had a .560 batting average in 2011, his senior year.[2] He set Arizona state high records for home runs in a season (27) and a career (60).[3] He was named to the USA Today's All-USA high school baseball team.[4] Prior to the 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, Baseball America ranked him as the 133rd best prospect available.[2] He was selected in the third round of the draft by the Seattle Mariners,[5] but opted not to sign.[4]

Cron enrolled at Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played college baseball for the TCU Horned Frogs baseball team. He suffered a back injury that cost him playing time as a freshman, but batted .338 with six home runs and 34 runs batted in (RBIs) in 43 games. As a sophomore. Cron struggled, batting only .208, with two home runs, and 20 RBIs. After his sophomore season, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), where he improved his performance,[3] Cron's .350 batting average was second in the CCBL, and he was named the west division's most valuable player in the league's All-Star Game.[4] He hit six home runs in 2014, his junior year, including one in the 2014 College World Series.[6] He was named the first baseman on the College World Series All-Tournament Team.[7]

Professional career

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Cron in the 14th round of the 2014 MLB draft. He signed.[6] Cron made his professional debut with the Missoula Osprey of the Rookie-level Pioneer League,[8][9] and received a midseason promotion to the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.[10] Cron finished 2014 with a combined .291 batting average along with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs. He played for the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2015 where he batted .272 with 27 home runs and 97 RBIs, and the Mobile BayBears of the Class AA Southern League in 2016[11] where he batted .222 with 26 home runs and 88 RBIs.[12]

After the 2016 season, the Diamondbacks assigned Cron to the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. In 2017, Cron played for the Jackson Generals of the Southern League,[13] and was named the league's most valuable player[14] after batting .283 with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs.[15] The Diamondbacks assigned Cron to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in 2018 where he spent the whole season hitting .309 with 22 home runs and 97 RBIs.[16] The Diamondbacks added Cron to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[17] He began the 2019 season with Reno.[18]

On May 24, the Diamondbacks promoted Cron to the major leagues. At the time of his call up, Cron was leading all of the minor leagues with 21 home runs and 62 RBIs.[19] He made his debut that same day in an 18-2 win in San Francisco over the Giants. In 71 at bats he hit .211/.269/.521. He led the minor leagues in home runs in 2019, with 39, and was second in RBIs, with 107.[20]

On October 31, 2020, Cron was released by the Diamondbacks organization and his rights were sold to a team in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Hiroshima Toyo Carp

On November 16, 2020, Cron officially agreed to a one-year, $1.1MM deal with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball.[21]

Personal life

Cron's father, Chris Cron, was an MLB player and his brother C. J. Cron also plays in MLB.[3][9] The Crons are cousins with Chad Moeller.[2] Chris managed Kevin with Reno in 2019.[22]

See also


  1. ^ Kyle Odegard (October 7, 2011). "Kevin Cron: Swatting his way into the record books – VarsityXtra – EVTNow". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Skoda, Jason P. (June 5, 2011). "Siblings C.J. and Kevin Cron are both expected to go high in Major League Baseball's amateur draft – Ahwatukee Foothills News: Sports". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Cape League: Kevin Cron gets fresh start". July 12, 2013. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports. "ALL-USA Where Are They Now: Kevin Cron". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Garcia, Jose E. (June 8, 2011). "Mountain Pointe's Kevin Cron drafted in 3rd round by Seattle Mariners". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Stevenson, Stefan. "TCU mainstays leaving Horned Frogs after stellar careers | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News – Sp". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Nyatawa, Jon (June 25, 2014). "Vanderbilt's Swanson named most outstanding player – Home – Mobile". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Mountain Pointe trio begin pro careers – Ahwatukee Foothills News: Sports". June 24, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Emery, Mark. "Cron upholding family name in Missoula | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "Cron's stick sends Hops into Finals". Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "BayBears' Cron plates five, ties career high". Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Kevin Cron Stats, Highlights, Bio | Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "Jackson Generals' Cron's batting average matching his home runs". June 8, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "Kevin Cron Named Southern League MVP". August 30, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  15. ^ "Kevin Cron Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "Aces' Cron cracks two more homers". June 30, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks' moves protect against another Rule 5 loss". Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  18. ^ "Cron, Locastro both hit trifecta for Aces". Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  19. ^ Michael McDermott (May 24, 2019). "Diamondbacks promote 1B prospect Kevin Cron". SB Nation. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  20. ^ "2019 Register Batting Leaders". January 1, 1970. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  21. ^ "Strikes deal with Carp". November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  22. ^ Jim Krajewski, Reno Gazette Journal (April 2, 2019). "Reno Aces manager Chris Cron to coach his son, Kevin Cron this season". Retrieved November 9, 2019.

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