Kevin Cron appears to have hit his way to the big leagues.
The Reno Aces first baseman, who is off to a historic start to the season, is expected to be promoted to the major leagues during the Arizona Diamondbacks' series at the San Francisco Giants that starts Friday. The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro first reported the likelihood of the move Thursday night, writing: "Cron is said to be meeting the club in San Francisco, where the Diamondbacks are opening a three-game series against the Giants on Friday. While one source cautioned that Cron’s addition to the roster is not yet a certainty, it seems more likely than not that he will make his major league debut this weekend at Oracle Park."
The Diamondbacks have not made an announcement on a move.
The 26-year-old Cron has yet to make his big-league debut despite strong minor-league stats. This season, he leads pro baseball with 21 homers and is hitting .339 with a .437 on-base and .800 slugging percent. He hit at least 22 homers in each of his previous four seasons in full-season ball. In addition to the power numbers, Cron has increased his walk rate from 8.2 percent in 2018 to 13.6 percent in 2019 while cutting his strikeout rate from 22.8 percent to 16.6 percent, putting forth more quality at-bats.
Cron primarily plays first base but also has experience at third base. His fit on Arizona's roster has been the biggest sticking point in him getting the call to the majors. Former Reno Ace Christian Walker, the 2017 PCL MVP, got off to a strong start this season with the big-league team but has slumped in May as the entire team's offense has struggled. Cron could give that unit a spark.
Cron, a Mountain Pointe High graduate in Phoenix, was a 14th-round draft pick by Arizona in 2014 after being selected in the third round in 2011 by Seattle, but he opted to go to TCU rather than turn pro. Cron's father, Chris, has been his manager with the Reno Aces this season.
Earlier this week, we featured Cron and his hot start and push to get to the big leagues. Here is that full story.