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J.P. Crawford

#3 | SS
Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners
J.P. Crawford
Name: John Paul Crawford
Born: Jan 11, 1995 in Lakewood, CA
High School: Lakewood (Calif.) HS
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 180 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (16th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013 (signed for $2,299,300)
Crawford has athletic bloodlines: his father Larry played nine years in the Canadian Football League, and Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is a relative. He has become a much more fluid defender over the last two years, making him the rare prep prospect with a real chance to play shortstop in the major leagues. His long arms and game awareness give him good range, especially to his left and on balls in front of him. He needs to improve on balls to his right, but his above-average arm should allow him to make plays from the hole, and he has sure hands and good actions. He projects as a solid-average or slightly better defensive shortstop and an average hitter with fringy power. Crawford has good hand-eye coordination, which allows him to spray line drives to all fields, but he has a high set-up and a bit of a loop in his swing. He can turn on balls on occasion, but he needs to get stronger and smooth out his swing in order to get on top of good fastballs. Crawford is a solid-average runner who takes good turns and has baserunning savvy. He is committed to Southern California.
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