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J.P. Crawford’s Info
Organization: Philadelphia Phillies
Team/Level: Lehigh Valley IronPigs/AAA
Ranking: 6th Overall
J.P. Crawford’s Scouting Report
Crawford could become the rarest type of big league hitter: a contact hitter with middle of the order power. Quick hands and a short swing have helped Crawford decrease his strikeout rate from once every six at-bats in 2014 to once every eight in 2015. Some scouts believe he could hit 20 homers in the majors if he keeps his weight back and adds muscle to his lanky frame. He is projected as a .280-.300 hitter in the bigs and has hit between .285 and .308 in three minor league seasons. But Crawford is hitting just .266 in 46 games since moving up to Reading, though his on-base percentage is .368.
Unlike most high school shortstops, Crawford was projected by scouts to stay at the position as a professional. He fits the tall, long-limbed prototype that modernized the position when stars like Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, and Alex Rodriguez came up in the 1990s. The Phillies drafted Crawford to replace Jimmy Rollins, the greatest defensive shortstop in franchise history. Crawford does not have Rollins’s natural feel for the ball off the bat. But he does release quickly like Rollins and has longer arms to reach the ball.
Crawford is a prolific base stealer who gets caught too often. He has been caught stealing on almost 40-percent of his attempts in the minors. The 2013 first round pick is fast enough to swipe 20-30 bags per season. But he has to run smarter.
4.5 to 7.5 win player
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