The middle infield prospect garnered a big-league callup last September, but he spent much of his time at third base rather than his natural position. However, shortstop seems to be Crawford's for the taking now that incumbent Freddy Galvis is out of town. Even with that in mind, the 23-year-old will need to pick things up at the plate after a sluggish 2017 campaign if he wants to be relevant in single-season leagues. Last season, he batted just .243 in Triple-A and struck out over 25 percent of the time in Philadelphia. However, his extremely high walk rate gives him some value in leagues that track OBP rather than batting average, and his recent power development (20 doubles, six triples, 15 home runs at Triple-A last season) certainly adds some intrigue if it translates to the majors.
Crawford is not in the lineup against the Mets on Friday.
Crawford will retreat to the bench following a pair of starts as Maikel Franco is set to handle the hot corner for Friday's series opener. Over his last nine games, Crawford is just 2-for-24 from the plate, with 11 walks and 10 strikeouts.
Crawford is out of the lineup Monday against the Nationals.
Since being called up to the Show on Sept. 5, Crawford has started 18 of Philadelphia's 22 games. In that time he's slashed .232/.362/.339 and spent time at second base and shortstop, but mostly the hot corner. Coming off Sunday's 0-for-3 effort, in which he struck out twice, Crawford will get the night off and give way to Maikel Franco at third base.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Crawford will get a start at shortstop Sunday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Crawford has started 16 of the Phillies' 18 games since he was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but has made only three starts at shortstop, his natural position. The 22-year-old has hit just .245 in his 53 at-bats, but he does have a solid .379 on-base percentage. If the Phillies want to keep Crawford in the majors next year they are going to need to open up a spot in their infield by trading Freddy Galvis or Maikel Franco this offseason.
Crawford is batting eighth and playing third base Thursday.
Philadelphia hasn't played the 22-year-old every day but is mixing him in often at the hot corner -- at the expense of Maikel Franco -- to gauge their future around the infield. Though he holds a .352 OBP in his limited action (54 plate appearances), Crawford hasn't yet homered and plods along with a .261 batting average and a .391 slugging percentage. He will step in against Kenta Maeda.
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