JP Crawford Scouting Report (2014)
The 16th overall pick in last year’s MLB Amateur Draft, JP Crawford was touted as one of the best shortstop prospects in the entire class. While most were aware of Crawford’s top-line tool set, he surprised by hitting .345 in the Gulf Coast League games to open up his pro career. For a Phillies system that lacks impact prospects beyond Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle, JP Crawford is an exciting prospect for an organization in transition.
Athletic, with a bounce to his step and room to add muscle in both his upper and lower halves, Crawford is a capable athlete with the raw ability to handle shortstop from a physical standpoint. He possesses quick feet and reaction times, tools needed to play a strong shortstop. JP Crawford is a plus runner, but i was unable to record any home-to-first times against Greensboro. He showed excellent instincts and ran well, which played as 60 speed.
Crawford ‘s raw athleticism, was on display as he ranged into right-center field on a pop-up, then leapt high in the air with a perfectly-timed jump to snag a line drive. He has the range and athleticism required to meet the grueling expectations placed upon young ballplayers daring enough to try their trade at shortstop. His arm strength is plus, and while he struggled with accuracy, it was due to the field conditions (it was a rainy night), more than any critical flaws in his throwing mechanics. He should become a 60 fielder with 60 arm strength.
One can drool over JP Crawford’s speed, defense and arm strength, but a player’s value come from his ability to hit. Crawford shows excellent bat speed, which is at least plus. While his swing mechanics varied throughout the game, he showed an ability to alter the swing to make contact with pitches on both the inner and outer halves of the plate. He struggled at times (like many young hitters) with a tendency to try and pull the ball, but nothing about his performance left the impression it could not be corrected. The potential is there for Crawford to become a solid-average (55) hitter.
JP Crawford’s mechanics include a leg-kick, and he set his foot down early which sapped his power. Home runs won’t be a big part of his game though. Despite the lack of power, he should be able to hit enough to provide significant value with the bat. While this might temper expectations, it is important to note Erick Aybar has been an average to above-average at shortstop the past few seasons playing excellent defense, and hitting .270 with limited power.
TOOL PRESENT FUTURE Hitting ability 30 55 Power 20 30 Speed 60 60 Fielding ability 40 60 Arm 40 55 PROJECTED ROLE EVERYDAY SHORTSTOP
Owning JP Crawford
In dynasty leagues, Crawford is an asset with definite upside. Fantasy baseball owners underestimate the value of a premium defender at shortstop given the fact defense isn’t a 5×5 category. However, a player with some offense who’s a lock to stick at the position is nearly as valuable as a top flight hitter who’ll have to move. Own JP Crawford with confidence and know he’s the Philadelphia Phillies future at shortstop.
17 Apr 2014 / Spencer Schneier /
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