Cron hit .293/.327/.516 with 27 home runs and 123 RBIs with Class-A Inland Empire 66ers. His 123 RBIs led Class-A and his 27 home runs tied him for fourth – both good enough to help him when the league's Rookie of the Year award.
He also finished the year in the top 10 in doubles (fifth), hits (sixth) and slugging percentage (eighth).
Cron was initially drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 44th round of the 2008 draft, but he decided to attend the University of Utah instead. In 2011, he led the nation in OPS and was named a Baseball America All-American. He joined the Angels when they selected him with the 17th overall pick of the first round in the 2011 draft.
Cron came in as the Angel's fifth-best prospect according to Baseball America at the beginning of 2012.