2011 MLB Mock Draft: Will C.J. Cron Thrive In The High Altitude Of The Rockies?
2011 MLB Mock Draft Gives Colorado Rockies 1B C.J. Cron With 20th Overall Pick
The MLB Draft is different from every other draft in that most teams aren’t drafting to fill a need, rather they are going after the best player available regardless of position.
Colorado is not going to follow that formula with its first-round pick. They are looking to find the heir apparent to Todd Helton and the choice looks like it is going to be C.J. Cron from Utah.
Cron is not a gifted defensive player, which could make him more suited to be a DH in the future. But since there is no DH in the National League, he will be a first baseman.
His bat is going to carry him to The Show. He has tremendous power and the ability to hit for average. In a year where homeruns were down in college baseball thanks to the new bats, Cron was able to launch 15 homeruns while slugging over .800 for the season.
He could be in Colorado by 2013 if his defense at first base is adequate.
|1. Pittsburgh - Gerrit Cole, RHP||18. Oakland - George Springer, CF|
|2. Seattle - Anthony Rendon, 3B||19. Boston - Alex Meyer, RHP|
|3. Arizona - Dylan Bundy, RHP||20. Colorado - C.J. Cron, 1B|
|4. Baltimore - Danny Hultzen, LHP||21. Toronto - Levi Michael, SS|
|5. Kansas City - Trevor Bauer, RHP||22. St. Louis - Jose Fernandez, RHP|
|6. Washington - Bubba Starling, CF||23. Washington - Tyler Anderson, LHP|
|7. Arizona - Sonny Gray, RHP||24. Tampa Bay - Kolten Wong, 2B|
|8. Cleveland - Jed Bradley, LHP||25. San Diego - Dillon Howard, RHP|
|9. Chicago Cubs - Mikie Mahtook, CF||26. Boston - Blake Swihart, C|
|10. San Diego - Matt Barnes, RHP||27. Cincinnati - Sean Gilmartin, LHP|
|11. Houston - Archie Bradley, RHP||28. Atlanta - Henry Owens, LHP|
|12. Milwaukee - Taylor Jungmann, RHP||29. San Francisco - Joe Ross, RHP|
|13. New York Mets - Taylor Guerreri, RHP||30. Minnesota - Brian Goodwin, CF|
|14. Florida Marlins - Cory Spangenberg, 3B||31. Tampa Bay - Brandon Nimmo, RF|
|15. Milwaukee - Javier Baez, 3B||32. Tampa Bay - Tyler Beede, RHP|
|16. Los Angeles Dodgers - Robert Stephenson, RHP||33. Texas - Travis Harrison, 3B|
|17. Los Angeles Angels - Francisco Lindor, SS|
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