It always concerns me when I put too much faith in The Sciosciapath playing a guy that is under 25 years old.  A bigger concern is one that is currently penciled in at DH.  If Josh Hamilton gets a nagging injury, then he’s going to DH and C.J. Cron will be benched.  Same, really, with any Angels player.  The only one we don’t have to worry about is Pujols. Not because Pujols is guaranteed to stay healthy, but if Pujols gets gimpy, he’ll DH and Cron will play 1st base.  At one point last year, The Sciosciapath benched Cron vs. righties.  And he’s better vs. righties!  Much of the brain’s complex advancements in evolution happened in the neocortex.  The Sciosciapath benches his neocortex for what he sees with his eyes.  “You can’t second guess what you see, otherwise you may as well wear tanning bed goggles and get led around by a seeing-eye dog that can read sabermetrics.”  That’s Scioscia addressing the media.  Anyway, what can we expect of C.J. Cron for 2015 fantasy baseball and why is he a sleeper?

He has power potential that shows in his 27 homers in High-A in 2012.  Then in 2013 *covers mouth so you can’t hear* and, in 2014, he hit 18 homers between Triple-A and the majors (11 in MLB in 242 ABs).  No idea what happened in 2013, perhaps he thought his first initials stood for Custom Juice and he got roped into this stupid custom juice craze.  I miss the salad days of fro-yo.  Now everywhere I go it’s kale juice this, beet juice that.  What about orange juice’s feelings?!  Are you people that unsympathetic?!  Cron did all of this before celebrating his 25th birthday (unless he celebrates his Europe birthday by inversing his month and day.  I have a good friend who used to do this because they were born outside the country and when they came here the DMV didn’t understand the concept of listing the day before the month.  This came in handy when she was able to turn 21 six months before her actual birthday.  I feel like there’s an SAT math problem in there figuring out what her birthday is and what the DMV thinks it is.  Maybe I’ll just exit this parenthetical now.).  Cron is capable of 25 homers.  Your 2007 self is like, “Whatever, everyone hits 25 homers.”  Well, your 2007 self sounds like it’s foggy in the head.  Consult with your 2014 self because no one hits 25 homers anymore.  The other nice thing about Cron is he doesn’t hit for a junky average (barring bad luck).  He hit around .300 in the minors (though with no plate discipline, so beware in OBP leagues).  .300 feels aggressive, but he could make .270 work for him by cutting his Ks a tad.  If Cron hits, Scioscia will have to start him, right?  (Though, I’d like to drop the comma and just say, “If Cron hits Scioscia…”)  Scioscia benched Napoli for five years, so, well, no one knows if he’ll start, but let’s just assume he will.  For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 62/23/70/.262/2 with upside.  Yup, he could be huge, potentially Cron-Magnon.

 
  1. Beastman says:
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    You sold me on the power upside. I’m officially a Cronut! Cronnut? CroNut?

  2. bdub says:
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    In a 12 team league with 6 keepers. So far have these players – Have a trade offer Donaldson for Sale? Would take it?
    Rizzo
    Dozier
    Donaldson
    Tanaka
    Harvey
    Castro

    Thanks.

  3. NotRaulCastro says:
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    I’m being offered Carlos Gomez and Sonny Gray for Corey Kluber and Starlin Castro. Do I fire?

    12 team 6×6 9 player keeper positional OF league. All players mention are keepable to me.

  4. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Kennys or Cron…I like two Kennys over one Cron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: So do I, but there’s room for both

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Amen

  5. Mr. Han's Militant Vegans says:
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    His name sounds like an investment firm… “You can’t go wron with CJ Cron.”

  6. Jason says:
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    Grey-
    would you trade Freeman and Arenado for Miggy in a keper?

    I’m possibly not keepng Freeman. My other keeper options would be Stanton, Puig, J-Upton, Sale (and then either one of Arenado or freeman, or trade both for Miggy)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Sounds decent

  7. J-FOH says:
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    Soup or Crackers?

    • Birdmann says:
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      @J-FOH: Soup please! Do catchers and pitcher report soon?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Birdmann: you are the soup or crackers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: You opening up a franchise?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I wish. No just commenting on the white guy name.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: that whole scene with Kevin hart and the name . Quality stuff. For some reason the soup or crackers popped in my head…*lights second spliff *

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Only time I’ve found Kevin Hart funny

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: very true here too.

  8. Mcgaffer says:
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    From Yesterday-

    Keeper/Trade help!
    Head to head league, keep 6, 12th rnd is the best you can keep someone at. Have two options right now, toss back a guy or take a trade offer sitting out there:
    My guys are:

    FHer-4th
    Hanley-6th
    Altuve-7th
    Seager-8th
    Gomez-12th
    Trout-12th
    Teheran-12th

    Guy is willing to take Seager in the 8th (instead of Hanley) and Teheran 12th for Sale 12th
    Or stay pat and throw back Seager or Teheran
    No brainer, right?
    Input is much appreciated!

    • Birdmann says:
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      @Mcgaffer: How does your draft work when you have more than one keeper in a round? Does your commish take the picks off the backend when setting your keepers?

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Birdmann: example if you kept Gomez, Trout and Teheran are they all in the same round or are they spread over rounds 12, 13 and 14. I am a commish in a Yahoo league and trying to setup my keepers with round value attached.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Birdmann: In my league if someone were to keep three players kept in the same round i take one off the front and one off the back end…if its two players from the same round i just take one off the front end…really either way works as long as everyone is clear on the rules.

          • Birdmann says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: I know how to give multi picks per round, but you still need to have rounds that the team doesn’t pick in. Do you just take them off at the end of the draft or do you make it so they don’t pick in the rounds that follow the multi player round?

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Birdmann: prior to the draft you set the keeper players to a specific round manually, Its under either custom keeper settings or custom draft order…not sure which one off the top of my head

      • Mcgaffer says:
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        Guys move up a spot, so if you have two 12’s one moves to 11.

        Took the deal, thanks for the advice.

        Now the owner of donaldson in the 12th has just offered him for my newly aquired Sale….tough call here, need your advice again!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Donaldson

  9. nick the dick says:
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    OJ, the OG of juices

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick the dick: I saw you…and him…walking in the rain… BTW, there’s a Nas documentary on Showtime…I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m gonna… It’s all about the making of his first album…

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: it is pretty good watched it last night.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, nice… Yeah, I almost did last night, but was a little late… Tonight’s oice finale, tomorrow Survivor… I’m watching it on Thursday!

          • Birdmann says:
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            @Grey: Worth watching enjoy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks, Birdmann!

              • gordon shumway says:
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                @Grey: Watching it right now… this is really good… even better than the Quest documentary.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, yeah? All right cool, I’m gonna watch on Thursday…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: HA….word that’s cool, I wish I had Showtime

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta be a way to download it… I’d think…

  10. J-FOH says:
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    Now that Morse has been signed please begin the “does Morse have 30 hone run power?” Questions and the “I’m punting 1B and going to take Morse because he can hit 30 home runs” statements

    • gareth says:
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      @J-FOH: You can expect a pro-rated 30 home runs from Morse in the times he is not injured. Which will be often.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @gareth: no shit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: He is a 30-homer hitter…in April, then he gets hurt…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: good answer. Just a little off season batting practice . Now where is Cram?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • Mr. Han's Militant Vegans says:
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      @J-FOH: I’m punting HRs and taking Morse.

        • Mr. Han's Militant Vegans says:
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          @J-FOH: That’s what they said about New Coke, the Edsel, Colgate Entrees, and Thirsty Cat!

          BWAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

          My Style is unorthodox….

  11. Carnac says:
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    Just wait, the Sciosciapath is going to give us Cron’s Disease.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, possibly

  12. gareth says:
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    If Cron gets a decent fan base in L.A will he followers calls themselves “Cronies?”

    In addition to nice power, another benefit will be the guys hitting in front of him.
    Calhoun. Trout. Pujols. Hamilton.
    Some nice Rbi opportunities there. If he hits a homer, it’ll likely be more than a solo shot more often than not.

    I think I just became a Crony!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’re all Cronies!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Carnac: @gareth: Ha! to you both

  13. gareth says:
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    I’m just sad Colon and Cron aren’t on the same team.

    Come on Angels, trade for Fartolo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wah wah…

  14. Andrew says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m in a 6×6 OBP 14 team roto league. Our salary is $300 ($260 at auction). 23 man lineup with 6 bench spots. We can keep 6 guys (add $5 to their past years salary) and 4 MLers (no salary increase) as keepers each year. I’ve got these 6 slated to be my guys…
    Rizzo $25
    Puig $11
    Springer $6
    Altuve $16
    Melancon $9
    Robertson $11 and MLer is Rusney for $4 (cost me a bit to get it him with all the hype).

    I am being offered Sale $16, Soler $1 (MLer) and Giolito $1 for Puig, Melancon and Fister (who I am not keeping but this guy wants at $13). I also have Yelich @ $11 and Adam Jones @ $25 and could keep one of these guys if I did that trade because Soler would be a MLer keeper so I’d stay at my 6 limit. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  15. gareth says:
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    The AL Central has been rabid in acquiring guys lately.

    Melky, Rios, Shark, Santana, Morales, Robertson, Laroche.

    It’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out in 2015.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, most pieces no one else wanted…

  16. Swfcdan says:
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    Wow now THAT Wong post IS a sleeper post. I love him too, think he could actually provide even more power than advertised, just a lower avg. That bat is a pocket rocket, crazy how he hits the ball so hard at his size. Those projections would be awesome at 2B.

    In one league I dont have him he costs $6, thinking about making an offer for him. He’d cost $12 to sign for 2 years or $14 for 3 years, that too much for an unproven rook?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep him for only one year, very few people I’d keep longer…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: 1 year is +$3 , 2 years is +6 , 3 years is +8 (from base cost of $6). All depends on the value, just wondering if he’s a bit expensive to be worth trade targeting.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t think he’s worth being saddled with for multiple years in case something goes wrong

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Grey: Yeah kinda my thinking too.

  17. SwaggerJackers says:
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    What kind of OBP to you expect….oh wait, you acknowledged his OBP!

    I’ll call that progress.

    After keeping Abreu, Bautista, and CarGo(mez), pick two others:

    Cano ($24)
    Rizzo ($23)
    Altuve ($21)
    C-Dick ($4)

    OBP league, as you know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson, Altuve

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: I was thinking the same thing but it would be nice to have Abreu and Rizzo again.

        I’m guessing Rizzo will go for $30+ in my draft.

        Is that about the max you’d bid for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t go over $30 for anyone

    • Big Magoo

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      @SwaggerJackers: Gotta keep Dickerson at that price. I’d keep Rizzo as well and try to reacquire either Cano or Altuve in the auction. Could then grab a cheaper MI option like Kipnis, Zobrist, or Kendrick if available.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @SwaggerJackers: Id keep Abreu, Cargomez, Rizzo Altuve and C-Dick out of that group

  18. Big Magoo

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    Cron’s projected to hit 7th and be the regular DH as of this moment, but it’s tough to count on any young, relatively unproven player who plays for the Sciosciapath. He’ll probably have to prove his worth after a tough 2nd half too (.589 OPS, 29.9 % K%). Could see him hitting 5th in an everyday role by early May just as easily as winding up in a platoon with someone like Marc Krauss. Worth a flier though for his power upside as you mentioned.

    I’m finally starting to catch up on this season of Top Chef. I’m about four episodes in now, I think. Just finished watching the episode with Norm from Cheers. Is Aaron able to get along with anyone before he gets (inevitably) axed? That guy seems to picking fights with everybody.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: he hit well til sp started to mess with him.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @J-FOH: It shouldn’t take more than an early season hot streak to cement his role (Hamilton, Freese, and Aybar are scheduled to hit 4th-6th – yikes), but you never know with Scioscia…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, agreed on Cron… Top Chef’s actually good this year after taking a few season hiatus from entertaining… I won’t say anything on Aaron but you’re still at the point where it’s obvious who’s going home…

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Yup, there’s still some fat to trim. Gregory is pretty much the only chef who looks destined for the finale (at this early point). Aaron, the blond girl, Katsuji, and a couple of others look a little iffy…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mae does too at the point you’re at…

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Is that the Asian with the weird hairdo? I haven’t seen enough of her to form any kind of decent opinion yet…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, the normal looking Asian girl, she’s been in the top all through the beginning… You’ve seen her… She works for Voltaggio…

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Ah yeah, she’s been doing well. Nothing terribly impressive thus far, at least to me. She’s been cruising through though. Who’s that bearded dude with the tats? He seems pretty good too…