C.J.'s father, Chris, played briefly in the majors with the Angels (1991) and White Sox (1992) and is currently a minor league hitting coordinator with the Diamondbacks…his brother, Kevin, is a first baseman in the Diamondbacks organization…his cousin, Chad Moeller, was a catcher for 11 seasons in the majors... C.J. was the starting first baseman and cleanup hitter for the U.S. team in the 2013 Futures Game at Citi Field, and went 2-for-4…his father managed in the Tigers organization at the time for Double-A Erie and was on the coaching staff for that game…it was the first time he coached his son since travel ball in high school... C.J. was on a 10-game homerless drought in August 2017 when two-time AL Most Valuable Player Mike Trout offered up season tickets to the NBA's Phoenix Suns in exchange for a multi-HR game…he homered in his first and last at-bats of an 8-2 win over the Athletics…the diehard Suns fan tweeted after the game: "Who wants to go to a Suns game? @MikeTrout I'll save the 76ers game for you."
Appeared in 100 games with 92 starts, all at first base, over three stints with the Angels: Opening Day-May 21, June 3-22 and July 7 through the end of the season... Ended the season with 16 HR for a third consecutive year, tying his career high... Hit .267/.326/.512 (58-for-217) with 14 HR and 42 RBI in 63 games (60 starts) after the All-Star break, compared to .213/.265/.303 (26-for-122) with 2 HR and 14 RBI in 37 games (32 starts) in the first half…his 42 RBI after the break tied Luis Valbuena for 2nd on the team behind Albert Pujols (47)... Made his third consecutive Opening Day roster…started on Opening Day at first base for the second consecutive year, after starting at designated hitter on Opening Day in 2015... Was on the 10-day DL with a left foot contusion from April 29-May 13... On May 21 at NYM, hit his second career grand slam, in the 1st inning off Tommy Milone… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Angel to hit a grand slam in the 1st inning of a road game since Casey Kotchman on May 14, 2007 at TEX... On July 16 vs. TB, hit a 2-run, pinch-hit home run in the 8th inning off Adam Kolarek, giving the Angels a 4-2 lead in the eventual 4-3 win… he was the first Angel with a go-ahead home run as a pinch-hitter since Hank Conger on Aug 31, 2013 at MIL (9th inning)…he was the first Angel to do that in a home game since Bengie Molina on Aug 12, 2001 vs. TOR.
In third season with the Angels, established new career highs in hits (113), runs (51), doubles (25), triples (2), RBI (69) and games (116)...Also matched a career high with 16 home runs...Posted a .302 (77/255) average with 19 doubles, a triple, 13 home runs and 51 RBI over his fi nal 71 games of the season...Tied a franchise record with six hits July 2…Was just the third Angel ever to accomplish the feat, joining Chone Figgins and Garret Anderson...Also ti ed a franchise record by scoring fi ve runs July 2, becoming just the fourth player to do so, joining Mark Trumbo, Erick Aybar and Tim Salmon…Was just the sixth player in baseball history with at least six hits, fi ve runs and fi ve RBI in a game, joining Shawn Green, Edgardo Alfonzo, Cal Ripken Jr., Larry Walker and Walker Cooper
In sophomore season with the Angels, hit .262 (99/378) with 17 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs and 51 RBI... Improved in nearly every offensive category over rookie campaign including games (113), hits, runs (37), doubles, home runs and RBI...One of three Angels over the last five seasons to log at least 15 home runs during sophomore campaign: Mike Trout - 30 HR in 2012 and Mark Trumbo - 29 HR in 2011. Made three stints with the Halos...Following final recall on June 29, went on to bat .285 (77/270) with 13 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs and 45 RBI... Was one of 11 players in the Majors to hit .285, with 15 home run and 45 RBI in that stretch (Mike Trout also on the list)... His 20 RBI in September were ti ed for fifth in the A.L... Combined to hit .204 (22/108) with four doubles, a home run and six RBI in his first two stints. Seven of 16 home runs came in the seventh inning or later, with two giving the Halos the lead. Tallied a career-high six RBI on July 4 at Texas...Was the 47th such occurrence in franchise history and first since Kendrys Morales accomplished the feat in 2012. Named to first Opening Day roster.
After making his Major League debut with the Angels May 3 vs. Texas, went on to bat .256 (62/242) with 12 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 37 RBI across three different stints with the club...Despite three trips to the minors, his 11 home runs were tied for sixth overall by an A.L. rookie...Is the third Angels rookie in the last four seasons with a 10-home run campaign: Mark Trumbo, 29 HR in 2011 and Mike Trout, 30 HR in 2012...Eight of his 11 home runs came in his first 40 career games...Joined Wally Joyner (15 in 1986), J.T. Snow (9 in 1993) and Mike Napoli (8 in 2006) as the only Angels with 8+ HR in their first 40 tilts...Homered three straight days from June 20-22 all vs. Texas...Was the first Angels rookie to homer in all three games of a series since Tim Salmon in 1993...Went 3-for-5 with two RBI during in his big league debut...Was just the fourth Angel to collect three hits in their debut...According to STATS, was the first A.L. player with two go-ahead hits in MLB debut since Don Baylor for Orioles on Sept. 18, 1970...A 2011 first round Draft pick (17th overall), was the ninth first-rounder from the 2011 Draft to appear in the Majors: Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Dylan Bundy, Anthony Rendon, George Springer, Jose Fernandez, Sonny Gray and Kolton Wong...Hit .316 (60/190) in 49 games with Triple-A Salt Lake with seven home runs and 33 RBI.