The Florida right-handed pitcher was taken with the No. 20 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. He may have not had a great season in 2013 for the Gators but I see Crawford being someone that could slide into the back end of the Detroit rotation or become a late-inning reliever with relief being the better option.
Crawford went just 3-6 this season with a 3.84 ERA but was the only pitcher on the staff who had all their appearances being starts. Detroit loves finding pitchers with big-time arms and Crawford is definitely one of those kinds of pitchers. There were two major pitching prospects in the last decade that were supposed to be leading the Tigers by now. Justin Verlander is obviously doing his job but Joel Zumaya has flared out due to injuries.
I’m not comparing Crawford to either one of those two pitchers but for a pitcher who gave up nearly a hit an inning this season and walked 37 batters in 86 2/3 innings, I think he would be better in the bullpen. I’m sure the Tigers will give him a chance to be a starter but with better options on the board, this pick is probably a stretch.
I’m sure that the team has plans for Crawford and no one knows that right now but it could be two or three years until he makes his way to Detroit. I would have taken someone else with the pick.