Diamondbacks' Slugger Kevin Cron Makes Great Stash Option in Fantasy Baseball

Dan Israeli
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Context is everything when making moves in fantasy baseball, whether it's the size of your league or the needs of your roster. But if you happen to be an owner that used a waiver claim or a FAAB bid to add Arizona Diamondbacks' rookie Kevin Cron, there could be a light at end of the tunnel when it comes to the young slugger.

The brother of Twins' first baseman C.J. Cron, Kevin was promoted from Triple-A Reno on May 24 and got his first start the following day batting fifth and playing first base. He went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI that evening, but has been relegated to the bench in Arizona's subsequent three games.

The initial limited playing time was expected, however, the Diamondbacks' current starting first baseman Christian Walker has been dreadful in May. So while Walker remains the de facto starter, it may be Walker who is best served for a bench role moving forward.

Walker had a great start to the season, heading into May with a .307 average and seven home runs. But it's been all downhill since, as he has hit .161 with just one homer and three RBI this month.

The clamoring has already started for Cron to get more playing time, especially from his fantasy owners. He was arguably the hottest hitter in Triple-A prior to his call-up, leading the Minors in home runs with 21 to go along with 61 RBI.

While fantasy owners may need to practice a little more patience, it may only be a matter of time before Cron overtakes Walker for the first-base job in Arizona. That makes Cron the perfect stash option as he has a real shot to become a legit home run source in fantasy baseball later this season.

If and when he finally gets the starting gig, expect Cron to be good for at least 20 homers and 75-plus RBI.


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