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Top prospect Crawford set for promotion

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 15, 2014 04:40 PM | Comments: 8
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J.P. Crawford will be on the move following the South Atlantic League All-Star break.  The 19-year-old shortstop is slated to join the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers later this week as the talented youngster appears ready for bigger challenges.

The Phillies’ top draft pick from a year ago has had plenty of success in his year as a professional, the Lakewood, CA native has posted a .301/.402/.403 slash line in 113 combined games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, the short-season A level Williamsport Crosscutters and the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

Crawford was recently honored as the Phillies’ minor league player of the month in May, when he tallied a .367/.447/.522 slash line in 24 games.  Of the honor, the six-foot-two 180-pounder asserted that he appreciates the recognition, but is already past it mentally.

“Being player of the month is a great honor, but…that’s over with,” Crawford asserted.  “I’m just trying to get the next player of the month.  I just gotta keep doing what I do, playing hard every day.”

The news of Crawford’s promotion comes a day after the organization’s big league shortstop set the club’s all-time hits record.  Crawford is impressed by the feat, but doesn’t see it as something that will give him anything additional to chase.

“I’m just going to keep doing my thing.  That’s great for Jimmy.  It’s a great (accomplishment),” Crawford stated.

Crawford will enjoy a trip on a private flight with three teammates and some other organizational representatives to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Hickory, NC on Tuesday, and will join the Threshers on Wednesday, according to reports.

The move comes on the heels of leaked news that shortstop Roman Quinn would be switching back to his more comfortable position in the outfield, where he played in high school prior to signing with the Phils.  Quinn, the Phillies’ second round draft selection from 2011, had a tough time adapting to shortstop as a pro, while also learning to switch hit.  The move should certainly benefit the 21-year-old, who has committed 61 errors in 150 defensive games during his young career.

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  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Good news good news

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Good News on both the Crawford front and the Quinn Front,

    I have always hated that the Phillies take athletic players and try to make them fit into a position of need.

    it’s like someone in the front office is playing a video game and looking at their skills rating and figured it would work.

    See Freddy Galvis, Jonathan Singleton(pretrade when they thought about the outfield), Darin Ruf, Cody Asche.

    I know it happens in a lot of organizations, but our instruction on those positions has been less than good.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      There’s a mixed bag in those examples. In the case of Galvis, Ruf, and Singleton, I don’t see anything wrong with making those players more useful to the Phillies and more valuable in a trade by having them be able to play more positions. And I’m not sure whether there is anything wrong with the instruction — often the player just doesn’t have the skill or athleticism to learn that new position.

      With Asche’s experiment at second base and Quinn’s at shortstop, if there is a chance a player can handle a more demanding position, you want to try it. In Quinn’s case for example, a SS who can hit like him is much more valuable than a CF with the same hitting profile, so it’s certainly worth a try. Given his troubles with errors (mostly throwing), and the presence of Crawford, it now makes sense to put him back in CF.

       
  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    My 2 cents:

    Keep Jimmy. Let his option for ’15 vest and think about Crawford for ’16 or ’17. If Jimmy wants to sign a modest 2 year deal after that to be a mentor and kind of back-up to Crawford then maybe that’s a reasonable plan? I mean, just who else do the Phillies have to play SS right now anyway?

     
    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

      I agree chuck, more than likely Crawford will not be ready next year, and no one is going to play a better shortstop for us than jimmy, so let’s keep him through next year and see where we are at after that

       
    • Posts: 5221 Lefty

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      Chuck, as to the question of who will play shortstop, I agreed with you prior to the last contract they hammered out with Rollins. But this time, If they can get REAL value back in a future prospect, then I think they should make a deal. (if James will give up his 5-10 rights)

      IMO- So what if they have Freddy or Cedeno at Shortstop for a year, year and a half? Are they competing for a championship any time soon?

      And what if that prospect might even be a shortstop?

       
  • Posts: 5221 Lefty

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    My sympathies go out to the Gwynn family.

     
  • Posts: 0 PaMikeyDC

    I agree @Lefty.

    I’m surprised there is not a post here yet. What do you think MLB does today, tmw, this week? And forever?
    NFL’er Jim Kelly had the same mouth cancer, no? It’s a shame. I pray every day for cancer to go away. But as sad as it is- players should try and reduce their tobacco intake.

    May God be with the Gwynn family forever

     
 
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