Shortstop and Phillies prospect, J.P. Crawford, is having a down year at the plate. He is baseball’s No. 4 prospect, but he certainly isn’t playing like it.
J.P. Crawford was drafted in the 1st round of the 2013 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies straight out of high school. In his age 22 season, he is the starting shortstop for the Phillies AAA-affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
As of right now, Crawford is hitting a horrid .205 average for the Iron Pigs, and, to go along with his low average, he only has 2 home runs, 8 doubles and 27 RBIs.
However, while he seems to be lacking offensive flair this season, Crawford does have 36 walks in only 62 games. His high walk rate puts his OBP (on-base percentage) at .310, which is more than 100 points higher than his average.
His fielding has also been solid as he has made only 10 errors in 243 chances this season, which is good enough for a .956 fielding percentage. Basically, if it’s hit at him, there’s a 95.6% chance Crawford will make the play, as long as he gets the opportunity.
Scouts have said that, despite only having average speed, Crawford has great range to go along with a great arm and footwork. If Crawford doesn’t pick up his hitting like the Phillies hope he will, then he’ll likely have a place somewhere as a utility guy a la John MacDonald.
Crawford seems to be heating up lately as he went 3 for 5 with two doubles against the Rochester Red Wings on June 24th.