C.J. Cron was in just his 13th game with the Detroit Tigers when a damaged ligament in his left knee ended his 2020 season.
It was his fourth team in four years after being traded by one team and waived by another.
Signed on a minor league with the Colorado Rockies ahead of the 2021 season, Cron would find himself a home for the first time in a long while.
Cron was drafted in 2011 and developed by the Los Angeles Angels over the course of seven seasons. He bounced around the American League looking for consistency in four different cities despite being valued at 5.2 wins above replacement by Baseball Reference.
Eventually, he found the right spot with the Rockies.
Through the first three months of 2021, Cron hit .252 – right around his career batting average – with 10 home runs and 31 RBI to help solidify the middle of Colorado’s batting order.
In August, he broke out in a major way with a .387 average, 11 homers and 34 RBI on his way to the National League Player of the Month Award.
“I think he’s become extremely comfortable in his own skin about who he is, like an everyday legitimate Major League power hitter,” manager Bud Black said of his first baseman. “And it’s sort of taken a while to get there. I think with last season, what he did, I think solidified in his mind the confidence that he can do what he’s doing and, hopefully, in the coming years to continue to have this performance.”
Since his two homer game on Aug 6 last season, Cron has gone deep 20 times. Only Kansas City’s Salvador Perez (26) and San Francisco’s Brandon Belt (22) have more since then.
While it may be just 16 games into the 2022 regular season, Cron has picked up where he left off. His six home runs are currently tied for most in the NL and his 17 RBI stand alone at the top.
Get comfortable because this production may not be stopping any time soon.