MLB Draft: Philadelphia Phillies Select J.P. Crawford 16th Overall
With the 16th pick in the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft the Philadelphia Phillies select J.P. Crawford, shortstop, Lakewood High School, California. Crawford is the cousin of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford. Lakewood has its history of many MLB players coming out of there and so do the Phillies as it is the second year in a row that the Phillies have taken a player from Lakewood with their first pick. Crawford hopes to carry on the reputation Lakewood has of good players coming out and performing in the Major Leagues. Crawford was very effective in high school as he holds the school records in hits, walks, stolen bases, and runs scored.
Crawford is known for his fielding and has the looks to have a long career at shortstop. Shortstops high in the draft are risky but Crawford has so much talent that the Phillies could not pass him up. Along with the fact that there was few shortstops available int this year’s draft class. His batting is a little different as he tends to be a front foot hitter with his weight transferring ahead of his bat, but that is not something a little coaching can’t change.
Crawford was an Under-Armour All-American this year and was also one of select few to be invited to the MLB Draft. This draft pick makes so much sense for the Phillies. Their current shortstop, Jimmy Rollins, is on the back end of a fantastic career. As they let him finish up his career in the next couple of years, they can use those years to develop Crawford in the minor leagues and then once Rollins retires they will have Crawford prepared to step right in and start contributing. A very smart move by the Phillies that I think will work out for both them and JP Crawford.