J.P. Crawford

Position: SS
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Reading Fightin Phils
Age: 21
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
B/T: Left / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd., (#16 overall) , 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PHI).

Prospect Spotlight

The Potential Tools: 60 hit, 60 glove, 60 arm, 55 run

Strengths: Quick reads/reactions at premium shortstop position; quick-twitch athletic movements; smooth actions and natural feel for the position; plus bat speed; some lift to pull side; advanced approach at the plate; keen pitch ID skills; true feel for barrel; will use all fields; graceful strides, will flash plus run times; leadership skills shown on field, plus makeup.

Weaknesses: Strength still needed for power to play in game; can become off-balance at times at plate; varied accuracy on throws; has trouble with premium velocity on inner half at times.

Role Ceiling: 70; perennial all-star caliber shortstop.

Risk: Low; upper-minors experience; premium defensive value with advanced profile at the plate.

Summary: Crawford has a premium skillset at a premium defensive position – that usually bodes well for a future projection. The Phillies’ top prospect has shown an advanced defensive profile as well as an advanced offensive skillset during his rise through the minor leagues, while showing leadership skills on and off the field. He projects to have plus defensive value, plus hitting ability, above average running ability and slightly below average power. Don’t be surprised if Crawford is in Philadelphia by midseason.