Angels demote designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A

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C.J. Cron has been the Angels’ primary designated hitter since debuting in May of last season, but he’s struggled following a decent rookie showing and now he’s been demoted back to Triple-A.

Cron was billed as a potential middle-of-the-order slugger when the Angels drafted him with the 17th overall pick in 2011, but his lack of plate discipline was a red flag in the minors and he’s basically swung at everything in the majors.

He’s hit .241 with 12 homers and a .400 slugging percentage in 110 games, which is poor production for a DH, but the bigger issue is that Cron has drawn a grand total of 12 walks in 355 trips to the plate on the way to a hideous .270 on-base percentage. That includes an ugly 23/2 K/BB ratio this season.

At age 25 he remains in the Angels’ plans and should be able to quickly work his way back to the big leagues with a strong stretch at Triple-A, but the jury is very much out on whether the 25-year-old Cron has the potential to be an asset playing every day.

Grant Green, a much more versatile player who also has some offensive upside, is replacing Cron on the roster.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.