Daily Archives: June 6, 2013

Phillies Select Andrew Knapp in the 2nd Round and thoughts on JP Crawford

Knapp is an incredibly unsexy, 2nd round pick.  He is a college catcher with kind of all around tools.  The defense could use some work as he has not been playing the position long, but the tools are there to be an above average defender down the road.  The bat could be average for both power and hitting.  There is really nothing special about the profile other than he is a catcher.

That being said, it looks like a bit on an overdraft but if the Phillies save some money they can grab slightly better players with their two third round picks.  The other thing is that Knapp will stay up the middle which means there is at least a decent chance he can at least get to the majors as a back up.  The Phillies have had success developing college players recently and Knapp might have more projection than Cameron Rupp did 3 years ago. Continue reading Phillies Select Andrew Knapp in the 2nd Round and thoughts on JP Crawford

Phillies 2013 MLB Draft

The 2013 MLB draft is under way.

1st Round – JP Crawford – SS – Lakewood, CA

2nd Round – Andrew Knapp – C

3rd Round – Cord Sandburg – OF – Manatee, FL

3rd Round – Jan Hernandez – SS/3B – Puerto Rico

4th Round – Jake Sweaney – C – California

5th Round – Ben Holmes – LHP – Oregon St.

6th Round – Jason Monda – OF – Washington St.

7th Round – Trey Williams – 3B – College of the Canyons

8th Round – Justin Parr – OF – University of Illinois

9th Round – Shane Martin – RHP – Southwestern Oklahome St University

10th Round – Jon Prosinski – RHP – Seton Hall University Continue reading Phillies 2013 MLB Draft

Phils Select JP Crawford…

The Phillies selected Lakewood High School, CA SS JP Crawford as their first round pick in the 2013 draft.  Crawford is a tall left handed hitting shortstop that is expected to remain at SS throughout his career. Crawford is committed to USC and it is expected that the Phils will need to commit very close to the $2.2M max to sign him.  From all reports, Crawford is already ahead of the curve defensively.  Thin and wiry, it may take his body some time to catch up offensively, but he has good speed, very good baseball instincts, a good eye at the plate and has hit for average.  Crawford started as a freshman at SS in high school and has a very good pedigree as his sister plays College softball for Cal State Fullerton and his cousin is Carl Crawford.

Crawford’s scouting grades, per MLB.com are: Hit 3/5; Power 3/5; Run 5/5; Arm 6/6; Field 5/5; Overall 3/5.    Note: First number = current/second number = projection