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Angels top pick in the house

6/27/2011

There's a fresh face in the Angel Stadium batting cage this afternoon. First-round pick C.J. Cron, a first baseman who has agreed to a signing bonus of $1.467 million, launched several drives over the fence, including a few to right-center and center field.

Even major-league veterans were impressed.

"That guy has a lot of power," said Angels right fielder Torii Hunter. "He actually hit a ball out to right-center. In this park, that's a bomb. Not quite (Mark) Trumbo pop, but close. Wait until he gets his man muscles."

Cron has decided to put off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder until after the minor-league season. Cron will report to rookie ball in Orem, Utah, this summer once he signs his contract. The Angels were waiting until team orthopedist Lewis Yocum examined Cron's MRI results on Tuesday before offering him a contract.

A right-handed hitter, Cron (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) batted .434 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 59 RBIs his junior year at Utah.