To the surprise of no one, J.P. Crawford was the overwhelming selection as the top prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Crawford garnered 91% of close to 500 votes.
Last year, Crawford finished with 89% of the vote when he was selected the number one prospect over Maikel Franco. This year, the runner up was “Other” with a little over 2%. Mark Appel was the closest player with 1% of the vote. Crawford is the first player to repeat as the top prospect since Domonic Brown in 2010 and 11. I don’t know what that means. Let’s hope nothing.
Crawford began the season in May at Clearwater due to a spring training injury. He posted a remarkable .392/.489/.443/.932 in 21 games with the Threshers and was promoted to Reading before the end of the month where he slashed .265/.354/.407/.761 while batting second most games. Crawford walked more than he struck out at each level (14 to 9 at A+, and 49 to 45 at AA). In three professional seasons, Crawford has walked 160 times and struck out 163 times in 1266 plate appearances (1088 AB). He committed 27 errors across both levels with a fielding percentage of .953 during the 2015 season.
Crawford was invited to the Arizona Fall League but left after 5 games when he injured his thumb while applying a tag. He suffered a “very slight tear” of the UCL ligament in his left thumb. No surgery was required and Joe Jordan reported in a statement back on October 29th, that Crawford would be 100 percent healthy before spring training.
Next up is your section for the #2 prospect in the organization.