Next, we are taking a look at SS throughout the organization. Two legitimate major league prospects in Crawford and Canelo.
Chase D’Arnaud, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .268/.317/.354 in 497AB; 5HR 35RBI; 28SB; 5%BB/12%K; .258 vs LHP; .272 vs RHP; .228 last month; 87 games at SS with 22 errors (.945); 34 games at 3B with 2 errors (.972); 3 games in the OF. Once D’Arnaud started playing every day, he played well and was among league leaders in SB and runs. Grade: B; 2016: With Crawford knocking on the door, I don’t see D’Arnaud back.
Edgar Duran, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .163/.242/.207 in 135AB; 0HR 9RBI; 8%BB/16%K; .163 vs LHP; .163 vs RHP; 44 games at SS with 8 errors (.960); 4.36 R/F; 2 games at 2B without an error; Duran missed considerable time injured this season, including the last six weeks of the season; Slick fielding, he is pretty much awful with the bat. Grade: D; 2016: He could stick around in Lehigh Valley as a back up middle infielder
JP Crawford, 20, Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .288/.380/.414 in 430AB between Clearwater and Reading; 6HR 42RBI; 12SB; 13%BB/11%K; For Reading: .265/.354/.407 in 351AB; 5HR 34RBI; 7SB; 12%BB/11%K rate; .227 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; .300 last 30 days; 106 games at SS with 27 errors (.953); 5.12 R/F. After missing the first month or so injured Crawford had a very good, borderline excellent year. He slumped a bit in late July, early August but came back strong in the seasons final weeks. Exceptional batting eye, makes very regular contact. In a “perfect” world, his average would be about 10-15 points higher and a few fewer errors. That said, he is right where he needs t be to debut late in 2016. Grade: B+; 2016: Lehigh Valley Continue reading Post Season Report Card–Shortstop