The Phillies will promote shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford to the majors today. Crawford was the Phillies’ first round pick in 2013, being taken with the 16th overall pick.
The beginning of the year saw some pretty rough stats from Crawford, leaving many questioning if he’d be called up at all this year. For the first three months of the season, he struggled to a .145/.253/.200 line at Triple-A. He ultimately closed out the year in Lehigh Valley with a lackluser .242/.350/.399 line, belting 14 home runs in 471 at bats.
However, these overall stats don’t tell about the type of player Crawford can be and how he can grow into turning his game around. After returning from a quick trip to the disabled list in late June, the California native had turned things around, slashing a top prospect-esque .280/.381/.904 OPS in 71 games.
Crawford is receiving his call to the show just as his Triple-A club, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, enter the International League playoffs. In addition to shortstop, the 22-year old is expected to see some time at third base. If he shines, Crawford stands a good chance at making the Phillies 25-man roster at the beginning of next season.