JP Crawford came in behind Austin Meadows, Lucas Giolito, Reese McGuire, Dominic Smith, and Franklin Berreto, all of who were higher draft picks or big international signings who put up big years.
BA notes that Crawford has good hand eye coordination and plate discipline. His swing can get loopy but there is fringe average power potential. Crawford is an average runner with good instincts and defensive profile that should stick at SS. Crawford’s final GCL line was 167 PAs 8 2B 3 3B 1 HR 25BB 25K and a .345/.443/.465 triple slash line.
Any information on Crawford and other GCL Phillies from the BA chat at 1:30 PM ET will be posted here as well.
Eric (Philly): How confident are you that J.P. Crawford will stick at short?
Ben Badler: True shortstop for me. Tools, athleticism and body control are all there to play the position.
Matt (Madison): What were the reports on the Phillies two 2012 international signings Jose Pujols and Deivi Grullon?
Ben Badler: Both guys are good examples of one of the challenges of evaluating guys in the GCL. They’re both good prospects, but they’re 17-year-old Dominicans in both their first year of pro ball, their first time away from home and their first time in a new country. Both players came as advertised, with Grullon’s bat probably being a little more advanced than some international scouts gave him credit for. Strong arm, good behind the plate, and a solid, contact-oriented bat with gap power. With Pujols, it’s big power, big strikeouts and a lot of similarities to Domingo Santana. We knew he was coming to the GCL to start his career and the Phillies like to push their bigger international signings pretty aggressively (just look at Carlos Tocci in the South Atlantic League), but I think a lot of teams would have left a guy with his profile in the DSL for a year. He has monster power though, so I’d like to see what he can do next year if they let him repeat that league.
John (Chicago): Aside from Giolito and Meadows, do you think any other players in the GCL will make the top 100?
Ben Badler: The top six all have a chance. That group was clearly a cut above the rest of the league, and in a thinner year, you could put any of them at No. 1 on this list.
Warren (New London): I can see that there was a lot of talent in this league (much more than in Arizona, it seems to me), but I'm still pretty surprised to see Crawford as low as 6. Is this a case of respecting the draft order pending more data, since the guys picked ahead of him all played very well also? Or were observers really less impressed with him than with Barreto (who won't stay at shortstop), McGuire (who might not hit), and Smith (love him, but he didn't hit any better than Crawford)?
Ben Badler: We had the players in the 3-6 range mixed up in just about every order possible before deciding on the final ranking, and frankly, there’s not a big gap between them. One player who repeatedly received as much praise as anyone was McGuire, both for his defense and his bat. It’s a simple swing, he has a good approach, he makes plenty of contact and uses the whole field, so if he can bring out 10-15 home runs a year, with that defense, you have an all-star catcher. But I think Smith, Barreto (who’s a year younger than all of these guys) and Crawford all have the potential to be above-average regulars too. This was just a stacked league, and those six at the top are all in the Top 100 mix.