In 2015, spent four days at the Rays Dominican academy getting a 1st-hand look at the organization's Latin American operations...Selected out of the University of Michigan, where he played first and second base as a position player. Finished his career with a 3.34 ERA (45 ER, 121.1 IP) and 23 saves in 55 apps (12 starts) on the mound...Attended St. Clair High School (MI) where he played baseball and starred on the hockey team.
Acquired from TB along with Tommy Pham in exchange for Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards on Dec. 6, 2019... Finished T-2nd in the NL Rookie of the Year voting with PHI's Alex Bohm, behind MIL's Devin Williams... Named NL Rookie of the Month for July-August, becoming the 1st Friar to earn NL Rookie of the Month honors since Christian Villanueva in April 2018...batted .356 (36-for-101) with 20 runs, 9 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 10 walks, and a .624 SLG across 31 games... With 1B Eric Hosmer missing 11 of the 1st 14 games of the season due to a stomach illness, Cronenworth hit .360 (9-for-25) in his 1st 8 games from July 26-August 7...finished the season with 38 games at 2B (37 GS), 10 games at 1B (9 GS), and 1 game at 3B (1.0 inn. played)... Made his MLB debut at as a PR on July 26 vs. ARI...hit an RBI 2B later in the game off Archie Bradley for his 1st hit... Finished the season leading National League rookies in runs (26), XBH (22), 2B (15), 3B (3) and TB (82)…ranked 2nd in RBI (20), fWar (1.4), hits (49), BB (18), 3rd in SLG (.477), OPS (.831), 4th in AVG (.285) and OBP (.354), and T-4th in HR (4)...His 1.011 OPS after his 1st 20 games played was the highest of any Padre in team history within his 1st 20 career G (min. 50 PA)... Among NL rookies with 40+ games, ranked 1st in PA/SO (6.40), line drives (46), % of swings put in play (47.5), and swing-and-miss % (16.9)...His .831 OPS was the highest of any Padre rookie in a single season in club history...led in runs created per 27 outs (5.59)... Among all MLB players who saw at least 750 pitches in 2020, he swung and missed just 51 times, the 4th-fewest of any player... His career high hitting streak ended at 11 games from Aug. 16-27 (.415)...had a career long 19-game on-base streak from Aug. 14-Sept. 3, posting a .436 OBP in that stretch... Hit .305 with 2 outs (18-for-59)...against RHP, he hit .316 (37-for-117) and vs. LHP he hit .218 (12-for-55)... His 3 outs above average ranked T-3rd on the Padres with Manny Machado behind Trent Grisham (5) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (7)...Ended the regular season going hitless in 4 straight games...was the 1st time in his young career in which he had gone hitless in more than 2 games.
POSTSEASON: Appeared in all 6 playoff games, batting .389 (7-for-18) with a triple, home run, 3 RBI, 5 runs and 4 walks... With his home run in Game 3 of the Wild Card Series on Oct. 2 vs. STL, he became the 1st Padres rookie to ever homer in a Postseason game...went 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 runs scored in the decisive game that propelled the Padres to the NL Division Series against the Dodgers in Arlington, TX.
Claimed team MVP honors with Durham (AAA), hitting .334 (115-for-344) with 26 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR and 45 RBI… between DUR and GCL Rays (R), set career highs in AVG (.329), 2B (27), OBP (.422), SLG (.511) and OPS (.934)...In 88 games with DUR, led the INT in AVG and OBP (.429) and ranked 3rd with a .949 OPS...He was used as a 2-way player for the 1st time since playing collegiate ball at the University of Michigan…made 7 appearances on the mound, including 6 as an opener, and he yielded only 2 runs (both unearned) in 7.1 IP...Was named TB's Minor League Player of the Month for April, batting .370 (30-for-81) with 1 HR and 11 RBI...Earned INT Mid and Post-Season All-Star honors…slashed .342/.427/.546 in the 1st half of the season with 22 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR, 42 RBI, 39 BB and 61 runs scored in 75 games… hit .346 (9-for-26) with 5 RBI in 6 Triple-A postseason games...Following the season, ranted by Baseball America as the Best Batting Prospect, Best Infield Arm, Best Defensive Shortstop and Most Exciting Player in the IL in its Best Tools survey.
Spent most of the season with Montgomery (AA), hitting .254 (106-for-418) in 108 games…promoted to DUR in April, hitting .240 (6-for-25) in 7 games...Combined for a career-high 22 SB between MTG and DUR...His 75 runs scored were T-4th in the Southern League, and he struck out once every 6.81 PA, the 3rd-lowest ratio in the SOU.
Split the season between Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, batting .274/.364/.358 (133-for-486) between the two levels…his 133 hits and 22 2B were both career highs, while his 13 SB and 66 BB were one shy of matching his 2016 career highs…began the season on a 22-game hitting streak, which was the longest in the Florida State League in 2017 and tied for the 4th-longest single-season streak in the organization's history…hit .389/.486/.522 (35-for-90) over that span, from April 6-May 1…was a 25-game hitting streak, dating back to the end of the 2016 season…named to the Florida State League midseason All-Star Team, his third consecutive year receiving midseason All-Star honors…ranked 5th in the FSL with a .364 OBP and tied for the Stone Crabs lead with 47 BB despite a July 18 promotion to Montgomery…ranked by Baseball America as the No. 22 prospect in the Rays system following the season.