J.P. Crawford

#67 SS / Philadelphia Phillies / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-2 Weight: 180 lb Age: 22 College: None Bats/Throws L/R

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    J.P. Crawford opened last season at Double-A Reading and earned a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in mid-May, largely due to his control of the strike zone. Crawford's eye is part of the reason he receives high rankings from prospect evaluators despite modest power numbers thus far. He has also always been young for his level, which can sometimes be overlooked when reviewing just statistical output. Crawford got off to a slow start at Triple-A after his promotion -- something that has been typical for him throughout his career -- and also missed time with an oblique injury. He was not promoted in September and instead underwent surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee. He will get a chance to compete for a starting job this spring, but given his overall struggles at Triple-A last season, the Phillies will likely have him open the year back in the minors with an eye toward a midseason promotion.

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    • Phillies' J.P. Crawford: Heading to minors camp
      By RotoWire Staff

      Crawford was reassigned to minor league camp Friday. The club's top prospect has been destined for Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start the season regardless of how he did this spring. At 22, Crawford could still use more seasoning, considering his underwhelming stretch with Lehigh Valley last year (.244/.328/.318 in 385 plate appearances). His path to a promotion could accelerate, however, if Freddy Galvis, regresses negatively toward the mean after his breakout 2016.

    • Crawford received an invitation to major league spring training, the Morning Call's Stephen Gross reports. Considering Crawford is the Phillies' top prospect and already has 385 plate appearances under his belt at Triple-A, it is not surprising that he will spend most of the spring in big league camp. He is expected to open the year back at Triple-A, but could receive a promotion as early as late-April, once the Phillies gain an extra year of control. Of course, after posting a 90 wRC+ last year with Lehigh Valley, he will need to force the issue with his bat, otherwise we may not see him make his big league debut until sometime this summer.

    • Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Crawford has had a smooth recovery from knee surgery and will have a normal offseason, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Crawford underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in September to remove a loose body from his left knee. He will be ready for spring training where he is expected to get a chance to compete for a starting job.

    • Crawford (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday but is expected to be fully ready for the start of spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. According to Zolecki, Crawford had surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee. He'll be on the shelf for roughly one month before he can resume baseball activities. Fortunately, the timing of Crawford's surgery won't affect his availability for the start of spring training.

    • Phillies' J.P. Crawford: Returns to action Thursday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Crawford (oblique) returned to action Thursday and went 0-for-5. Crawford had missed about a week of games with an oblique injury. The top prospect is hitting .257/.342/.327 with three home runs since his promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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