J.P. Crawford was your selection as the #3 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Crawford had been the Readers’ top prospect the past three years. This year, Crawford was the overwhelming choice as the third best prospect in the organization. He garnered 222 of 285 votes (78%). Jhailyn Ortiz finished second (14, 5%). Jorge Alfaro and Adam Haseley tied for third with 11 votes each (4%). Eleven other players shared the remaining 27 votes.
Crawford was the Phillies’ first round (16th overall) pick in the 2013 June Amateur Draft out of high school. He progressed rapidly through the lower levels of the organization. He blitzed his way through the Gulf Coast League in 2013 with a .345/.443/.465/.908 slash and was rewarded with a late season promotion to full season Lakewood. He opened 2014 back in Lakewood and after a .295/.398/.405/.804 slash was promoted to Clearwater by mid-season. Crawford started 2015 in Clearwater but was quickly promoted to Reading after torching Advanced A pitching with a .392/.489/.443/.932 slash in 21 games.
At the upper levels of the organization, Crawford experienced his first prolonged lack of success at the plate. In parts of two seasons at Reading, he slashed .265/.367/.402/.769. In parts of two seasons at Lehigh Valley, he slashed .243/.342/.369/.711. During those difficult times, Crawford played through nagging injuries that were corrected with surgery during the off season. He finished the 2017 season, a season where he suffered some terrible early season stats, with a promising .285/.383/.544/.927 in over 200 at bats before his promotion to the Phillies in September.
Crawford’s plate discipline is legendary. Through AA, his total career walks outnumbered his total career strike outs 165 to 159. At AAA, he still maintains a respectable 122 BB to 156 K, or 12.96 BB% and 16.6 K% in 941 AAA plate appearances.
With the trade of Freddy Galvis to San Diego, the road is clear for Crawford to begin the 2018 season as the Phillies’ everyday shortstop. Since he didn’t accrue MLB service time until after roster expansion in September, he maintains his rookie and prospect status.
Next up is your selection for the #4 prospect in the organization with Luis Garcia and Abrahan Gutierrez added to the poll.