Future Watch: JP Crawford Rookie Baseball Cards, Phillies – J.P. Crawford was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. He was drafted right out of Lakewood High School, in Lakewood, California.
The Phillies are an organization that believes a player needs to have a certain number of at-bats at the minor-league level before they graduate him to the big leagues. Now, with over 1,600, his time is drawing near. In his combined minor league career the shortstop has managed to hit .272, with 25 home runs, 156 RBI, 62 steals, 73 doubles and 12 triples. He can get on base. His career on-base percentage is .367.
He is the Phillies top prospect. He did attend spring training and he hit well, drove in runs, and now he must wait. For now, he’s playing for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and he will surely add to his resume in short order for as long as he’s there.
J.P. Craword’s first autographed cards appeared in 2012 Bowman Baseball as part of the Perfect Game and Under-Armour All-American insert sets. However it is his 2013 Bowman Chrome prospect autographed card that is the one to look for.
Having been on the radar of scouts and prospectors for several years now, he has quite a few cards already in a lot of different sets.
J.P. Crawford is currently the fourth ranked prospect in the MLB Draft Pipeline. Here is an excerpt from his MLB Draft Profile:
While reaching the highest level of the Minors at a very young age, Crawford has managed to keep his advanced approach at the plate, continuing to draw a ton of walks and keep his strikeout rate low. While he makes a ton of contact, his power hasn’t really shown up yet, though there is still hope he will grow into 10-15 home run performer as he matures. Crawford also continues to display outstanding defensive skills at short. Even though he has just average speed, he has tremendous range, footwork and hands to go along with a plus arm. ETA 2017
Here’s a good look at this 22-year-old talent:
You should see him in Philadelphia this season. The question is whether it will be in July or September when the rosters expand.