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J.P. Crawford | Third Baseman | #2

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/11/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (16) / PHI
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J.P. Crawford went 2-for-3 as the Phillies were shut out by Daniel Mengden and the Athletics on Friday.
Both of Crawford's hits were singles, and the only two hits that the Phillies could muster in the ballgame. The rookie shortstop has been impressive in his limited action, slashing .278/.316/.389 with four RBI in 38 plate appearances. Sep 15 - 9:56 PM

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J.P. Crawford finished 1-for-5 with a run scored in his MLB debut Tuesday versus the Mets.

Crawford started at third base and batted seventh with Maikel Franco riding the pine. The 22-year-old reached on a force attempt and scored in the top of the second inning before leading off the top of the second with a bloop single to center field. Crawford was red-hot at Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to his callup and could carry deep-league fantasy value down the stretch here in 2017.
Sep 5 - 10:55 PM

J.P. Crawford will start at third base and bat seventh Tuesday in his major league debut against the Mets.

In turn, Maikel Franco is on the bench. It's a little surprising that the Phillies didn't put Crawford at his natural position for his debut, but he saw six starts at third base in Triple-A this season and will likely be tested at multiple spots down the stretch. Franco's fantasy stock continues to tumble.
Sep 5 - 2:35 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of INF J.P. Crawford from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The wait was a bit longer than originally anticipated, but Crawford has finally earned his first call-up to the big leagues. The 22-year-old got off to a brutal start in Triple-A this season, but he batted .282/.382/.520 with 13 homers over his final 72 games. It's unclear how the playing time will shake out, so we're not banking on mixed league value here, but Crawford will likely see starts at multiple positions down the stretch. He's still considered the shortstop of the future for Philadelphia.
Sep 5 - 1:49 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports that the Phillies will call up top prospect J.P. Crawford on Tuesday.

Tom Housnick of The Morning Call was first to mention the possibility of Crawford's promotion. Ranked by MLB.com as the No. 60 prospect in the game, Crawford got off to a horrible start for the first three months at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, but he's been much better since the beginning of July with a .284 average and 12 homers. He had been playing second and third base in addition to shortstop for Lehigh Valley and could see some starts at multiple positions with the Phillies. For fantasy purposes, Crawford is more of an NL-only option.
Sep 4 - 5:34 PM

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford went 3-for-6 on Sunday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

All three of the hits were singles. Crawford is ending the year on a high note, which is nice to see after struggling so much in the early part of the year. There's at least a chance now that he'll receive a call to Philadelphia to end the year. That seemed unheard of as recently as June.
Sep 4 - 1:10 PM

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

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