J.P. Crawford

Position: SS
Born: 01/11/95
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
B/T: L/R
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PHI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .243 in 127 games at Lehigh Valley (Triple-A) with 15 home runs, 63 RBIs, six triples and 20 doubles for a .351 OBA and .405 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Lehigh Valley on September 5 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/05/17

Debut Details
September 5, in a 9-1 win against the Mets. The starting third baseman, he batted seventh and went 1-for-5 with a run scored. Against starting right-handed starter Jacob DeGrom in the second, he reached on a one-on one-out force out when Mets first baseman Dominic Smith made a throwing error. He moved to second when Jorge Alfaro grounded out and scored on a two-RBI single to center by pitcher Ben Lively. In the fourth, with one on and no one out, he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. In the fifth, against left-handed reliever Josh Smoker, he hit a leadoff single to center. In the seventh, facing right-handed reliever Kevin McGowan, he struck out swinging to lead off the inning. In the eighth, against right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel, he struck out swinging.

Player Notes
Drafted out of high school in Lakewood, California, Crawford has been ranked the Phillies' top hitting prospect for three years running now, thanks to his combination of tools and athleticism. Rated by Baseball Americacoming into 2017 as the club's top hitter for average, having its best strike zone discipline, as well as having its best infield arm and being the best defensive infielder, he also displayed previous unseen power, with his career-best 15th home run coming in a late-season game that helped his IronPigs clinch a wild card spot in the International League playoffs in their quest to win the league's Governor's Cup. However, while they are playing, he is in Philadelphia. The cousin of former All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford struggled a bit in the early going at Lehigh Valley but got hot when it counted. In 2016, between Reading (Double-A) and Lehigh Valley, he hit .250 with seven home runs, 43 RBIs and 12 steals in 123 games after batting .288 with six home runs, 42 RBIs and 12 steals between Clearwater (High A) and Reading in 2015. Perhaps his best cross-the-board showing was in his first full season, 2014, when he combined between Lakewood (Class A) and Clearwater to hit .285 with 11 home runs, 48 RBIs and 24 steals and in his career he's posted a .270/.367/.591 slash.