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J.P. Crawford | Shortstop

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/11/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford picked up three hits on Sunday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
All three hits for singles. Crawford has been crushing the ball since July, so a three-hit game is no surprise. What was surprising was that for the first time in his career, he played third base. He's no longer a plus-plus defender at short, but he's still a competent defender at the premium position. What this (might) tell us is that the Phillies want to expand his flexibility. If Crawford wasn't hitting this well, that wouldn't happen. This is a good sign. Aug 21 - 1:32 PM

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Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford hit an inside-the-park grand slam on Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It was one of the more entertaining plays you'll see this year. Crawford looked like he was going to be thrown out by several steps and appeared to have given up, but then did a nifty slide into home to avoid the tag. Crawford continues to swing the bat better, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he was a September call-up at this point.
Jul 27 - 1:31 PM

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford doubled and tripled on Sunday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Crawford now has his average up to .218, and while that doesn't seem impressive, when you consider it was in the .170 range not all that long ago, it is. He has an OPS of 1.111 since the start of July. Again, we need to see him continue this run to move him back up to the top of the prospect lists, but even the coldest of hearts have to admit this is a very impressive run.
Jul 17 - 1:08 PM

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford went 2-for-4 with a homer on Thursday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It's the seventh homer of the season, and his fifth homer of the month. Yes, it's only 11 games, but the 1.174 OPS for the month is certainly nice to see, especially when compared to his struggles in the previous months. We'll need to see it for the rest of the year for him to reestablish him as one of the best prospects in baseball, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
Jul 14 - 1:16 PM

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford went 2-for-4 with a homer on Sunday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The homer gives Crawford three on the season. The overall numbers are still very disappointing, but over the last month, he's starting to show why he ranked so high on virtually everyone's prospect list. He has an excellent approach at the plate, and his quality hands allow him to make hard contact to all parts of the field. There's a long way to go, but you can't write him off as a fantasy-relevant prospect just yet.
Jul 3 - 1:45 PM

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford went 0-for-5 with an RBI on Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The hitless day drops Crawford's average to .180. The only positive for his 2017 season is that he's still drawing walks, but the on-base percentage is still under .300. The defense makes Crawford a lock for the big-leagues, but there's nothing that's happened over the past year that suggests you'd want to start him on your fantasy team.
May 25 - 1:31 PM

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford went 1-for-4 on Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

That hit saw Crawford's average rise to .100. Yikes. There are only two positives to take away from this start: He's still drawing walks (nine in 17 games) and it's still just April. Those positives aside, this is a borderline disastrous start for one of the top prospects in baseball.
Apr 27 - 2:17 PM

Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford went 0-for-5 on Sunday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He also struck out twice. Over the first four games of the year, Crawford is 1-for-15, and he's struck out six times in that frame of time. This is obviously a very small sample size, but it would have been nice to see him get off to a good start after his "struggles" in 2016. The offensive talent is there, but he's going to need to apply it at some point.
Apr 10 - 1:57 PM

Phillies reassigned INFs J.P. Crawford and Taylor Featherston, OF Cameron Perkins and RHP Pedro Beato to minor league camp.

Crawford is one of the club's top prospect and their heir apparent at shortstop, but he isn't quite ready for the show just yet. He hit .207/.281/.241 in 29 at-bats during Grapefruit League action.
Mar 17 - 9:37 AM

J.P. Crawford underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to remove a loose body in his left knee.

He'll rest for the next four weeks but is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training. Crawford hit .250/.349/.339 with seven homers and 43 RBI in 123 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 07:26:00 PM

Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford is out for a sixth straight game Monday at Triple-A Lehigh Valley due to an oblique injury.

If it's an oblique strain, he could miss another full week of action. Crawford, considered one of the top prospects in baseball entering the 2016 season, has batted just .258/.348/.333 in 306 plate appearances since his late-May promotion from Double-A to Triple-A. He's not guaranteed to reach the majors this year.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 03:56:00 PM

The Phillies have promoted shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Crawford earned the promotion after batting .265/.398/.390 with three homers and five stolen bases over 166 plate appearances at Double-A Reading. The top prospect should make his major league debut at some point this season, although the Phillies obviously have no reason to rush the 21-year-old.
Fri, May 20, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Phillies reassigned SS J.P. Crawford and OFs Nick Williams and Roman Quinn to minor league camp.

These are the top three position player prospects in the Phillies' system, depending on which ranking services you like to use. They could all reach the major leagues at some point in 2016. The future is bright.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 08:35:00 AM

Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said top prospect J.P. Crawford (thumb) is "100 percent."

Crawford left the Arizona Fall League in October with a slight tear in his thumb ligament, but he has been hitting for a while and apparently is no longer hindered by the thumb. Crawford isn't expected to break camp with the Phillies, but the shortstop shouldn't be far away. He'll be a game-changer when he arrives.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 05:13:00 PM

Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford has a slight tear in his thumb ligament.

That explains why he left his Arizona Fall League club after just five games. The good news is that he won't require surgery, as the injury is immobilized. Crawford should be 100 percent for the start of spring training.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 06:55:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
3Jorge Alfaro
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Rhys Hoskins
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Nick Williams
2Daniel Nava
3Hyun Soo Kim
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Aaron Nola
2Jerad Eickhoff
3Vince Velasquez
4Zach Eflin
5Ben Lively
6Clay Buchholz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Neris
2Luis Garcia
3Adam Morgan
4Casey Fien
5Hoby Milner
6Edubray Ramos
7Ricardo Pinto
8Jesen Therrien
9Mark Leiter
10Yacksel Rios
11Drew Anderson