MiLB: Angels Top Prospect Becomes First Minor Leaguer to Reach 100 RBI in 2012

Zachary JamesCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2012


While Cincinnati Reds' prospect Billy Hamilton is the first player in professional baseball to reach 100 stolen bases, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's top prospect becomes the first player in professional baseball to reach 100 RBI for the season.

C.J. Cron, who plays for the Inland Empire 66ers (Class-A Advanced affiliate of Angels), has more than 100 RBI—he's got 101. 

Cron is hitting .292 for the 66ers in 102 games while also having 19 HR on 121 hits.

He also has a .326 OBP along with a .496 slugging percentage. His big bat doesn't miss much either—Cron only has 50 strikeouts.

Cron is one of the highest rising stars in the Minor Leagues, and Cron is believing that in reaching the feat that he is playing up to that standard.

"Everything's just kind of going good. The guys in front of me are on base it seems like every time, I'm getting good pitches to hit in those situations and I'm not missing them," he said (via

Cron got the feat Friday night in a 15-1 win over the Lancaster JetHawks. In the two touchdown rout, Cron brought in a touchdown of his own with six RBI.

The Angels selected Cron 17th overall last year, and Cron is living up to that pick.

In his last 10 games, Cron has been raking at the plate by bringing in a quarter of his 102 RBI in that time span. July 26 was the only game that Cron did not bring in a run.

Hitting has been something the Angels' top prospect is known for. Back in 2009 while still playing for Utah, Cron was the only player who faced now-Washington Nationals' pitcher Stephen Strasburg and had gotten three hits off of him in a game.

Suffice to say the kid has a big future ahead of him.