Philer Up! Haven’t had a 1st round pick in two years. Phils take SS J.P. Crawford

Crawford-J.P.

I understand it’s not like the NFL or the NBA drafts. The NHL draft is even better. But hey, there still must be a draft and we all know how much we love to talk about prospects around here. Plus, the Phils haven’t had a first round pick in two years. With that said, the Phils have selected with their 1st round pick SS J.P Crawford.

I am not going to lie; I have no clue who the dude is. The kid hit .452 for LakewoodHigh School in California. He also had an on-base percentage of .540. He is 6’2″ and weighs 180 lbs.

Here are some scouting reports on him.

Baseball Prospectus:

Though seldom overflowing with draft prospects, the shortstop position is particularly thin up top this year, with Lakewood High School standout J.P. Crawford, a USC commit, the only true Day 1 talent that projects to stick at the position long-term. Crawford blends a promising offensive profile and the defensive foundation to thrive in the six spot as a pro and has improved his game on both sides of the plate over the past 12 months.”

Baseball America:

The most impressive of the position players was Lakewood (Calif.) High shortstop J.P. Crawford.  The 6-foot-2 180-pound Southern California commit is a four-year starter for the same powerhouse program that produced top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and Phillies 2012 supplemental first-rounder Shane Watson.

Offensively, the lefthanded-hitting Crawford utilizes an open stance with his hands held high that bears a striking resemblance to that of Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford, a distant cousin of J.P. Although he does not possess the present strength that Carl does, J.P. has strong barrel awareness and the ability to lace line drives to the gaps. He shows good weight transfer and potential for more pop but must continue to keep his lower half in sync.

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