Drafted out of Mountain Point High School (Phoenix) in 2008 in the 44th round by the Chicago White Sox, Traveler first baseman C.J. Cron opted to continue his career at Utah where he was the drafted 17th in the first round of the 2011 draft. His dad is former Major League player Chris Cron, who played with the Angels in 1991 and Chicago White Sox in 1992, is currently the manager for the Erie SeaWolves, the Detroit Tigers Double A team. For the season, Cron is batting .296 (seven home runs, 51 RBIs) but over the last 10 games has a .314 average with 12 RBIs and two home runs.
Last week, you were selected to play for the U.S. Team in the upcoming Futures Game on All-Star Sunday, July 14. What are your thoughts on that and being selected playing in the Texas League all-star game last week?
It’s exciting and a big deal with the game in New York. My dad is also one of the coaches, and he hasn’t seen me play since college. I haven’t seen him in a while and more than anything I’m just going to have fun. Last week was also fun.
Your brother Kevin also plays at Texas Christian University and your cousin is Chad Moeller, who played nine years in the Big Leagues as a catcher. Any pressure to play baseball?
I played all my life and started learning the game at a young age. I never felt any pressure. It was something I should have done a long time ago and took six to seven months of rehab. I knew the doctors did a great job and trusted my therapists.
Since your dad also played with the Angels is being drafted by them special?
It didn’t matter I just wanted to go where the team wanted me. Of course the Angels were on the radar and their spring and training facilities are close to home.
Being from Phoenix and spending most of your life in the West, how is it being here in Little Rock?
It’s different and the humidity is killing me.
At Utah, you set a school record for career batting avg. (.396) and hit .433 over final 2 seasons and last year led the California League with 27 homers and the entire Minors with 127 RBIs in 2012. What it the key to your success at the plate?
Hand-eye coordination is important and I grew up around the game. My dad taught me everything about hitting. If I stick to my approach, the power will come.
Besides the Big Leagues, what are your goals?
That is my main focus and is always my main focus. Every day, I want to help my team win and learn something new. That’s why I’m here.
What do you do during the off-season?
I like to hang out and watch a lot of sports on T.V. and play golf.