Jake Cronenworth
Cronenworth with the San Diego Padres in 2021
San Diego Padres – No. 9
Infielder
Born: (1994-01-21) January 21, 1994 (age 30)
St. Clair, Michigan, U.S.
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 26, 2020, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through May 12, 2024)
Batting average.252
Home runs59
Runs batted in254
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jacob John Cronenworth (born January 21, 1994) is an American professional baseball infielder for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Cronenworth was born and raised in eastern Michigan. He played three seasons of college baseball for the Michigan Wolverines. Cronenworth forewent his final year of college eligibility when he was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh round of the 2015 MLB draft. He played five seasons in the Rays farm system and spent time with the United States national baseball team in 2019.

In December 2019, Cronenworth was sent to the Padres in a multi-player trade. He made his MLB debut in 2020 and finished second in National League (NL) Rookie of the Year voting. On July 16, 2021, Cronenworth hit for the cycle, becoming the third player in Padres history to do so. He received All-Star selections in 2021 and 2022.

Amateur career

Cronenworth attended St. Clair High School in St. Clair, Michigan and played college baseball at the University of Michigan.[1] At Michigan, he was an infielder and closing pitcher[2] In 2014, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3]

Professional career

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Cronenworth in the seventh round of the 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.[4] He made his professional debut with the Hudson Valley Renegades. He played 2016 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Charlotte Stone Crabs (batting a combined .282/.389/.386), 2017 with Charlotte and the Montgomery Biscuits (batting a combined .274/.364/.358), and 2018 with Montgomery and Durham Bulls (batting a combined .253/.321/.345).[5]

Cronenworth started 2019 with the Durham Bulls.[6] During the season, he pitched in a game for the first time since college, going 7.1 scoreless innings with 9 strikeouts over seven games.[7] In 2019 playing for two teams in the minor leagues he batted .329/.422/.511 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs.[8]

After the season, on October 10, 2019, Cronenworth was selected for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12.[9] In the tournament he batted .103/.133/.241 with one home run and two RBIs in 28 at bats.[10] The Rays added Cronenworth to their 40–man roster following the 2019 season.[11]

San Diego Padres

On December 6, 2019, Cronenworth and Tommy Pham were traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Hunter Renfroe, Xavier Edwards, and a player to be named later (PTBNL).[12] The PTBNL, Esteban Quiroz, was named in March 2020.[13]

Cronenworth made his MLB debut with the Padres on July 26, 2020, and notched a hit and an RBI against the Arizona Diamondbacks. On August 4, Cronenworth hit his first MLB home run off Dustin May in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On August 22, Cronenworth hit his first career grand slam off of Humberto Castellanos of the Houston Astros.[citation needed] Cronenworth was named NL Rookie of the Month in August 2020 after hitting .356 with 16 extra base hits, 17 RBIs and 20 runs over 31 games.[14] Cronenworth finished the season hitting .285 with 4 home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games. He tied with Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies for second place in NL Rookie of the Year voting, behind Devin Williams of the Milwaukee Brewers.[15]

On July 4, 2021, Cronenworth was selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve.[16] In his first game back from the All-Star Break on July 16, he hit for the cycle at Nationals Park against the Washington Nationals.[17] He finished the 2021 season batting .266/.340/.460 with 21 home runs, 71 RBIs and 94 runs scored.

On October 14, 2022, Cronenworth had the game-winning 2-run single in the bottom of the 7th inning of Game 4 of the NLDS to finish off the Padres’ defeat of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in baseball history.

On January 13, 2023, Cronenworth agreed to a one-year, $4.225 million contract with the Padres, avoiding salary arbitration.[18]

On April 1, 2023, Cronenworth and the Padres agreed to a seven-year, $80 million contract extension; the new extension keeps Cronenworth with the Padres through the 2030 season.[19]

References

  1. ^ Niziolek, Michael (June 10, 2015). "Big league opportunity an exciting moment for Michigan junior Jacob Cronenworth". mlive.com. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  2. ^ "Jacob Cronenworth is Michigan's Mr. Everything". Detroit News. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "#11 Jacob Cronenworth". pointstreak.com. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "U-M's Cronenworth drafted by Rays in 7th round". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "St. Clair's Cronenworth enjoying breakout season". Times Herald. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Bulls shortstop becomes early hit". The Times News. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Jake Cronenworth is the Rays latest two-way experiment". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Jake Cronenworth College & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster". USA Baseball. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "II Premier12 2019 - The official site - WBSC". premier12.wbsc.org. Archived from the original on November 17, 2019.
  11. ^ Marc Topkin (November 20, 2019). "Rays move on from Matt Duffy, add five prospects to 40-man roster". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Padres Acquire OF Tommy Pham and INF/RHP Jake Cronenworth From Tampa Bay Rays". MLB.com. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  13. ^ Topkin, Marc (March 26, 2020). "Rays get Esteban Quiroz to complete deal with Padres". Tampabay.com. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  14. ^ "Luis Robert Jake Cronenworth Rookies of the Month August". Mlb.com. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  15. ^ "Padres' Jake Cronenworth ties for second in Rookie of Year voting". San Diego Union-Tribune. November 9, 2020.
  16. ^ Cassavell, AJ (July 4, 2021). "Cronenworth, Melancon, Yu earn ASG nods". MLB.com.
  17. ^ "Cronenworth completes Padres' 3rd cycle". MLB.com. July 16, 2021.
  18. ^ "2023 MLB Arbitration Tracker". MLBTradeRumors. Retrieved January 13, 2023.
  19. ^ Cassavell, AJ (April 1, 2023). "Cronenworth, Padres agree to 7-year deal". MLB.com.
Achievements Preceded byTrea Turner Hitting for the cycle July 16, 2021 Succeeded byFreddie Freeman