‘Twas just about three years ago that a youngster from Kentucky named Collin Cowgill slugged his way onto our radar screen with 11 homeruns in 20 games for the Northwest League’s Yakima Bears. As noted here before, I’m a simple man. I like homeruns, I like cool-sounding names, and therefore, I liked Cowgill*.
*Have I noted before that there is also now a player named Collin Cargill? Because there is. He plays for the Jamestown Jammers in the New York-Penn League and I’ve never seen him play, but already I find him delightful.
Collin Cowgill made his major league debut on July 26 after crushing pitching for a hundred games in Reno. Less than a week later, on August 2, another Short-Season slugger burst onto the scene and into our collective heart: C.J. Cron, the 17th overall pick in this year’s Draft.
Cron had eight homeruns in 28 games at the start of play Tuesday. His first time up, leading up the second inning, he hit number nine. The next inning, with two out and nobody on, he hit number ten. The third time up, with a man on and nobody out in the fifth, he hit number eleven. All three victimized Ogden Raptors starting pitcher Derek Cone.
It’s not quite the pace set by Cowgill back in 2008 (Cowgill projected to hit 50 over a full season), when all those homeruns earned him a promotion to South Bend (where he homered once in 50 games), but it’s still an impressive total. Cron is on track for 28 homeruns over a full 75-game season, which would be a record. Because he’s missed a few games, however, his pace is actually about 23, just shy of the record of 25.
And if that wasn’t enough to lock him in as one of my new favorite players, he’s part of a baseball family: C.J.’s brother Kevin was picked up by Seattle in the third round of the draft, though it appears he has not yet signed.