• Full name James Dale Crooks II
  • Born 07/19/2001 in Euless, TX
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 210 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Oklahoma
  • Drafted in the 4th round (127th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022 (signed for $470,300).
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    The lefthanded-hitting backstop has contributed in a big way not just behind the plate but on the offensive side as well for Oklahoma. With a batting average over .300 accompanied with 20 doubles and nine home runs heading into CWS championship play, Crooks is a threat for damage every time he stands in the box. An aggressive swinger, Crooks’ bat path is more pull-oriented with lift involved. There’s plenty of bat speed present to handle velocity and he also has success against breaking pitches, as displayed against Texas A&M in Omaha when he belted two home runs to the pull side. Crooks has a solid, durable frame at 6-foot, 218 pounds. He’s agile behind the plate, making difficult blocks. He backs that up with an average arm, but his quick release assists in his ability to contain an aggressive running game. In a draft not necessarily loaded with catching talent, Crooks could go off the board sooner rather than later.

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Career Transactions

  • Springfield Cardinals activated C Jimmy Crooks from the 7-day injured list.
  • Springfield Cardinals placed C Jimmy Crooks on the 7-day injured list.
  • C Jimmy Crooks assigned to Springfield Cardinals.
  • C Jimmy Crooks III assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Palm Beach Cardinals.
  • Peoria Chiefs activated C Jimmy Crooks III.
  • St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster C Jimmy Crooks III and to spring training.

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